Deep calls to Deep

I have had the happy occasion to listen to wise lovers of God talk about what it means to walk with God, love His Son, and live by His Spirit. One such person is James M. Houston; when commenting on Moses’ word in Deuteronomy 33:27 (“The eternal God is our refuge and underneath are His everlasting arms”), he said “God undermines our depth; indeed, He is deeper than our depth.”

There is something about being found out, sounded out as in sonar, to be found by the God for whom we have been waiting to find us.

When the poet of Psalm 42 comes to verse 7, we can shudder at the waterfall vibrations of awesomeness, “deep calls to deep in the roar of  your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have crashed over me.”  And I wonder if this is the depth of God sounding into the depth of me?

What does this mean poetically?  Some commentators say this is the depth of distress sounded by the roar of a chaotic life.  But I think verse 8 informs us about the depth of verse 7.  “By day the Lord directs His love, by night His song is ever with me – a prayer to the God of my life.”  In other words, it is God’s depth to direct His love by day, and His song by night.  The song that He directs by night is the echo of His own prayer – “a prayer to the God of my life.”

Thus, today’s prayer is this well known Psalm.  Pray to whatever depth you have, for underneath are His everlasting arms.

Psalm 42

1 As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
3 My tears have been my food
day and night, while people say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”
4 These things I remember as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng.
5 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
6 My soul is downcast within me;
therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan,
the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
7 Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers have swept over me.
8 By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me—
a prayer to the God of my life.
9 I say to God my Rock,
“Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about mourning,
oppressed by the enemy?”
10 My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”
11 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

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About R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today “to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian life” (Dr. James M. Houston). I am a life long and life wide learner who seeks to: *decipher the enigma of our worth *rescue from the agony of prayerlessness *integrate spiritual friendship.
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