One day a short bit ago, I decided to make some hot cocoa in the microwave. I am not quite sure what I did differently this time, however, it bubbled and flowed all over the place. As soon as I saw it I thought about the verse in Psalm 23 regarding a cup running over. The obvious analogy is that whatever is big inside of us is going to come out when the conditions are just right. Here the heat and pressure of the microwave caused stress on the wonderful drink to the point of spillage.
In typical pastoral fashion, my mind immediately went introspective to my life. What is it that when heat and pressure is exuded on my life makes things come out? And what are those things? Is it something for me to be embarrassed of? Or is it something which my words and actions glorify Father? Is it something to be proud of? Or is it something to hide or shy away from?
Have you ever thought about what you are full of? What about when the heat and pressure is brought upon you, what do we get to see?
The Bible has lots of descriptions of things we can be full of, both good and not-so-good:
The not-so-good first:
Full of violence (Gen 6:11)
Full of shame and trouble (Job 10, 14)
Full of boasting, lies, threats, and bribes (Psalms)
The prophets talk about being full of superstitions, idols, blood, commotion, deceit, injustice, turmoil, and plunder.
The NT even gets into it- Full of darkness, greed, wickedness, bitterness, superstitions, captive to sin, all kinds of deceit and trickery, cursing, greed, suffering, and deadly poison.
I like the good list much better. These are the kinds of things I want to be full of which run all over folks:
Full of blessing (Deut 33:23)
Full of unfailing love (Psalm 33:5)
Full of compassion (Psalm 116:5)
Full of the radiance of the Glory of God (Ezekiel 10:4)
Full of wisdom (Ezekiel 28:14)
Full of light (Matt 6:22; Luke 11: 34, 36; )
Full of the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:1; John 6:63; Acts 11:24)
Full of grace and truth (John 1:14; Colossians 4:6)
Full of joy (Luke 10:21; John 3:29)
Full of the Spirit and Wisdom, Faith and of the Holy Spirit, God’s grace and power, Holy Spirit and faith (Acts)
Full of mercy, good fruit, compassion and mercy (again) (James 3:17; 5:11)
Full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people (Revelation 5:8)