Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me. Psalms 42:7
There comes a time in one’s life when the call is made to go below the surface to capture and embrace the deeper and more exquisite things of life. Things that are everlasting, things that withstand the abrasive effects of time, things with eternal importance.
What things are these? What are we talking about here?
We’re talking about purposeful life, meaningful life, life lived in light and love versus life lived in darkness, anger and contention. It is living life on the ‘high road’ and not on the ‘back road’.
This can only come by venturing into deeper waters. The deeper waters offered by God Himself.
What About The Deep?
Oceans are defined by their sheer power, invincibility and untamed nature. No man (I.e. mankind) can tame the oceans. The oceans are characterized by their depths. Mysterious life lurks within this uncharted domain. Things never to be observed by human eyes dwell here. The oceans are God’s domain.
It is noteworthy to mention the discovery of things beyond the ordinary, experiences of a deeper dimension, these places demand reference points positioned in the same.
Take for instance the oceans. An ocean seeks and establishes its identity from the depths of which it occupies. The Indian Ocean is called such because of the expanse and depths of its waters. To the Indian Ocean, deep calleth unto deep.
So, only God can be discerned by that which is created in His kind. The human soul, the eternal component of humanity, is the channel connecting the heavenly and the earthly.
As the great Psalmist of old proclaimed:
Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Psalm 103:1
David’s cry was for his soul to bless the Lord. He desired to venture out beyond shallow religion and into deeper waters of experience with the Lord. A place where the soul commingles with the Almighty. It is the Lord’s will that His creation know and discover all that He is.
The Deep Things of God
God understands that for something or someone to discover His nature and Person can only do so from the vantage point of the eternal. This can only happen in deeper waters found beyond the shoreline shallows.
The forty-seventh chapter of Old Testament book written by the prophet Ezekiel describes a scene where waters are seen flowing out of the temple. The waters progressively deepen from the ankles, to the knees, to the loins and finally:
Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over. Ezekiel 47:5
Waters that sweep away anything is its path. Deep waters.
God created man in His image so that the eternal element of man (the soul) can peer into the eternal and know its Maker. One can only discover the unknown by first experiencing likeness of that which is of the eternal. Where the deep things call unto the deep.
We are only as close to God as our soul allows. The deeper we allow our soul to enter into His presence, the closer we are at one with Him. There will always be a price to pay for intimacy with God. Ask the Biblical examples such as Abraham, Jacob, Esther, Caleb, Joshua, Isaiah, Jeremiah, the Apostles, martyrs such as Stephen, and lastly of course, Jesus Christ.
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
I Corinthians 2:9-13
For the Spirit is constantly exploring all things, even the deep things of God. For who is there of men who knows the things of the individual person except the spirit of that aforementioned individual person which is in him? In the same manner also the things of God no one has known except the Spirit of God. I Corinthians 2:10-11
The Spirit of Jesus Christ is the connection between the eternal and the temporal.
There is both a physical and spiritual dimension of our existence. The physical dimension (the flesh) is the lowest common denominator of life and shared by all living creatures:
All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. I Corinthians 15:39
The highest realm is that of the spiritual, the God-focused existence whose dimension is limitless and eternal:
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63
Launch Into The Deep
Jesus challenged his disciples once about going beyond the ordinary and move into some deeper waters:
And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.
Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. Luke 5:3-4
What did Peter find there? He found the miraculous, a place where God’s blessings flowed, where the conventional and ordinary bowed to the feet of the deep things offered by Jesus.
Who is up to the challenge to go beyond mere religion and into deeper dimensions of Godly knowledge and experience? Jesus is calling in this hour for us to go into deeper waters with him.