“My Cup Runneth Over” is a lovely hymn that gets us thinking about the 23rd Psalm and the magnificent character of our Lord. Please give it a sing-along listen, then come back for a chat about this song’s composer and the inspiration we can gain from his example.
“My Cup Runneth Over” is the name of this hymn and also the title track of a CD and a book of original hymns by Charlie P. Johnston, published in 2009. This is from the hymn book’s introduction page:
About the Composer
Charlie Johnston received his Bachelor of Arts diploma from William Carey College and completed a three-year biblical studies course with special emphasis in pastoral training. His job resume includes pastoring small southern churches, teaching history in the Georgia school system, and operating several successful businesses including a nation-wide window cleaning company. He authored the book, No Such Thing as Luck — a Biblical Perspective in 2005. Through his endeavors he has sought out the truths of God’s Word and tried to apply them to his every undertaking. He has studied the Bible for years with the mind-set that the Word of God is the Will of God, and that it can help us separate truth from error. Mr. Johnston has written over thirty songs but his favorite music is his hymns. He says, “Hymns give me the opportunity to express my feelings, beliefs, and understandings about God and His word.”
What a colorful skill set! Pastor, teacher, businessman, published author. The work Charlie has already done has made its helpful mark on many, many people.
I had the privilege of helping Charlie with the song notation and chords for this project’s twelve hymns. That was one of several connections I have with the composer. Another — that was a life-changer for me — relates to that window cleaning company mentioned in his bio. Best I understand it, I am one of his company’s “grandchildren”. Years ago, a dear friend in the ministry and fellow musician took me under his wing — and rescued me from unemployment — by teaching me the ropes of the window cleaning trade. If I have the story straight, that friend’s window cleaning roots could be traced directly back to Charlie. That training enabled me to support us as we started our family. I still have the red long bucket and squeegees — and happy memories — and lots of gratitude.
Also from the intro page, look at our songwriter’s heart:
I am truly thankful for the opportunity to publicly offer these hymns and songs to my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. I believe many of these hymns will enable them to express their heartfelt love of God. God is truly so good to us, and we have the privilege and need, to tell Him so in our prayers and also in our songs. My labor will be rewarded if these hymns and songs lift you up and help you express your thankfulness, praise and joyful expectation, to God – our Shepherd, our Comfort, our Might. — Charlie P. Johnston
I join Charlie in that wish for all the lovely songs he penned.
How about you?
I have this quote on the wall by my desk:
“There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people’s books and write your own.”
We are the creative work of the Lord, awesomely and wonderfully made. We are built for good works, able to learn and able to give. Many of you reading this have in yourself a song, a book, a business or some other important innovative thing you could bring to life. How about it? Mr. Johnston already figured out how to pack these things — and many more, too — into his days and weeks. What a wonderful example he sets, and what a beautiful inspiration he provides for the rest of us to step up to the plate and “write our own” in areas God lights up for us.
Mr. Johnston, thank you! As we move in the direction your entire life has faithfully pointed to, our cup runneth over indeed.
God bless you lots!
LYRICS: My Cup Runneth Over
Song by Charlie P. Johnston (Published 2009, used by permission)
1. My God Who lives on high
Has shed His grace on me.
He walks before me,
And He gives me His treasure of love.
My cup runneth over.
His Word is my delight.
He’s my shepherd,
My comfort, my might.
2. My God Who lives on high
Leads me in righteousness.
He’s restored my soul and
He gives me His treasure of peace.
3. His goodness and His love
Will lead me by my hand.
I shall not want
And He gives me His treasure of joy.
4. My God Who stands by me
Gives me the victory.
I’ll fear no evil;
He has given His comfort to me.
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