Expecting Abundance: The Table, the Oil and the Cup

Daily Devotional: Day 232

“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over” (Psalm 23:5, KJV).

About three years ago, there was a TV commercial about pizza. A customer came to pick up his order with a small car. The attendant (a young woman) packed the delivery in the trunk. And just before the customer rode off, she had a word of advice for him: “You’re going to need a bigger car,” implying that the customer’s car was too small for the big pizzas they made.

God is great. When you walk with Him, expect great things. Expect big favors. God’s does not entertain small-mindedness. It is not in His nature to be stingy. He is infinitely kind and utterly generous. His plans for you are big, not small. As you walk closely with Him, you will realize this. God our Father “has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3, NKJV). Oftentimes, it is we who make ourselves small. We think small. We imagine small. We expect small. And we live small. When you have a limited vision of God, it limits your own blessings. But with an accurate vision of God, you will realize that God is El-Shaddai (i.e. All-powerful), and with Him all things are possible (Luke 1:37). Take off all limits and think in terms of abundance.

Today’s opening Scripture is a well known passage. In it, David is declaring the great things the Lord has done (and does) for Him. He mentions three things. Let’s take it one by one.

First, he says, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” The key word in this statement is “You.” According to David, it is God who prepares the table. Now this is very important. God is a ‘Chef,’ if you will. He prepares the best meals. And we know He is a God of abundance, too. When JEHOVAH prepares a table for you, prepare to be filled beyond your imagination. God’s plan is to make you fat, not skinny (like someone I know). As a bonus, He will make sure your enemies are watching as He blesses you. As you are reading this, I pray that faith will rise in your spirit to expect great things from God. Enough about the table. Let’s move to the oil.

David said, “You anoint my head with oil.” When God anoints you, He sets you apart, makes you special, and He empowers you. God’s oil is oil of joy; it is oil of approval; it is oil of favor; it is oil of wellness. Your head is the place of thinking and intelligence. When God anoints your head, there is a supernatural influence over your thinking. Your mind is sound (see 2 Timothy 1:7). Wisdom, insights, vision, clarity, originality, and groundbreaking ideas will flow in your thinking.  See 1 Corinthians 2:6-16. Ask God to lay His hand over your head even as you are reading this.

Next, David said, “My cup runs over.” “Cup” refers to the measure of what belongs to you. It refers to your portion. Your cup will run over. God will not bless you any other way. When you come to God, you’re going to need a bigger cup. Peter needed a bigger boat (see Luke 5:1-11). With God you are going to need a bigger expectation than you currently have.

Remember these three things: the tablethe oil and the cup. Expect big.

May the Lord overwhelm you with blessing upon blessing, and with favor upon favor! If you receive this, say a big “AMEN.”

For further studyIsaiah 55:1-13

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