When most people pour themselves a drink, they stop filling the cup just before their beverage reaches the rim. When God pours a drink, he just lets the cup run over and over and over. In the book of Psalms, the word cup is used four times. Note that a cup is a vessel that stores a liquid for the purpose of drinking.
Psalm 16:5, “LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure.”
Psalm 23:5, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”
Psalm 75:8, “In the hand of the LORD is a cup full of foaming wine mixed with spices; he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth drink it down to its very dregs.”
Psalm 116:13, “I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD.”
my cup – it was assigned to me, it is in good hands, it oveflows with God’s blessings
the cup of the Lord – it represents His wrath, which all the wicked will drink to the very end
the cup of salvation – it is raised up, or offered
We see the cup elsewhere in the Bible, in the New Testament Jesus had a cup that He alone could drink. It was symbolic of his death and ressurection in accordance with God’s will. In 1st Corinthians 10, there are three specific instances of a cup.
The cup of thanksgiving, The cup of the Lord, and the cup of demons. In the beginning of a discussion about Comunion, it was asked if it was proper for them to drink of the latter two cups. It was his way of saying that you can’t live with one foot in the kingdom and one foot squarely planted on earth.
You have a cup. It was assigned to you and placed on a table before you. Is it empty of God and full of His wrath? Is it so full that there isn’t room for anything more and still there’s more comming? The cup that runs over isn’t making a mess, it’s in a constant state of bless.