You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.Psalm 23:5 (NLT)
My word for this year is Abundance. This is not a word I expected, yet it is so exciting to think God wants me to have more in my life. I figured I should learn more about God’s abundance, how to recognize it, and how to receive it.
Deciding it would be good to search scripture for what God reveals about his nature, I will be sharing about what I learn throughout the year.
In the scripture at the top of this post, God’s abundance is likened to a feast and an overflowing cup. Psalm 23 is the most recognized scripture, often read at funerals to remind us that God goes with us, protecting us even in the valley of the shadow of death. But look at the imagery of the feast or the banquet. I imagine the table full of food like you see in the movies, a feast for a king! But look who is standing around the table. Enemies! Shouldn’t I be running? After all they want to kill me or torture me, right?
It doesn’t bother God. Those enemies are no match for him. He wants us to come and sit down at his table, take our time with him. There is no rush, he pours out the oil and wine of his Holy Spirit without reserve.
Give, and it will be given to you. You will have more than enough. It can be pushed down and shaken together and it will still run over as it is given to you. The way you give to others is the way you will receive in return.Luke 6:38 (NLV)
In this scripture we see that just as God is generous with us, he expects the same of his children. What I’m seeing between these two verses is a challenge to sit with God at his table, assured that he is taking care of me and as I trust his provision in my life, I am free to give of myself; my time, my friendship, my money, and my love without fear of lacking.
Abundance is a mindset I’m determined to adopt. I have lived in fear of lack for the better portion of my life. Lack of finances, lack of ability, lack of knowledge, lack of worth, lack of friends. How about you? Are you ready to live in God’s abundance? We can learn together. 😁
Grace & Peace,