Which Line Stands Out?

April 4, 2022

You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. —Psalm 23:5b
When I read the responsorial psalm for today, the above line stood out because I have so much for which to be grateful. My family is in good health. My husband and I have good work. Our kids are doing well in school this semester, and although they could always stand to learn some more social skills, they are doing fine. We’re enjoying the company of neighbors, friends, and fellow church members. Today is one of those days when I know my cup overflows, and it’s good for me to be thankful for it.
This verse also makes me think of other people who feel anything but anointed or feel like their cup is empty today. Maybe if they read this psalm now, the image that would jump out for them is walking through the darkest valley—the valley of the shadow of death. Maybe they feel the presence
of their enemies in whatever form their enemies take—addiction, trauma, loss, betrayal—and they can’t fathom a table set with a feast before them. So I wonder—how might God want me to use my overflowing cup to be a blessing for them?
FOR PRAYER: Read the entirety of Psalm 23. What line most speaks to you today? Repeat it throughout the day, and let that be your prayer.
TO PRAY: Shepherd God, make your presence known to everyone, especially those who don’t sense your presence with them now.