How’s Your Cup?

Ray Pechardo
Psalm 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Someone once said:
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” The most significant change in a person’s life is a change of attitude. Right attitudes produce right actions. If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.

There are two ways we can view the Christian life:

First of all is through the eyes of God, understanding that everything has its purpose. Secondly, is through the eyes of man, where everything has a question.

The Bible says in Isaiah 55:8 and Psalm 139:6 that God’s thoughts and ways are so much higher than our thoughts and our ways, that there’s no way we can ever comprehend it!

Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. v.9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Psalm 139:6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

Here are a few examples:

      • God in His wisdom wants us to rejoice in trials.  

James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

      • Man, on the other hand, wants to know why there are trials.

Isaiah 49:14 But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me.

      • God wants us to always depend on Him!

Psalm 23:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

      • Man often likes to depend on himself.

Jeremiah 17:5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.

There are many questions in life that we will never understand until we get to heaven. There are many things that we cannot change. Maybe we cannot change our circumstances, our situation, or even our present condition but we can always change our attitude about it.

The Psalmist in Psalm 23 was going through a very dark time yet he chose not to have an attitude of fear.

Psalm 23:4-5 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. v.5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

If we are not careful, during difficult times, heavy burdens, and there’s questions that we don’t have any answers, we could point our finger at God and accuse Him senselessly! So many Christians have been bitter at God for the circumstances that they were going through, and instead of learning the lesson that God wants them to learn, they ran away from Him because of their wrong attitude.

Instead of trying to change things, why don’t we change our attitude? Our attitude will determine the way we live. When we look at the things that are happening in our life through the lens of Scripture, no matter how desperate it may seem, we can always trust God that He knows exactly what’s going on and He know exactly what’s best for us! Whenever we focus on the Lord and His Word, our problems will look small.

Psalm 56:11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

Psalm 118:6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

How’s your attitude today? Is your cup half full or half empty?

Ray Pechardo

Bro Pechardo serves the Lord full-time as our Filipino Pastor, Missions Director, and Soulwinning Director. Ray and his wife Lucy have three children.

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