“Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.” Psalm 42:7
Although our Bible does not attribute this Psalm to David, it is so much like some of his others that we probably can assume he wrote it. But regardless of who wrote it, it is a cry of someone who has not been able to be in the house of God for some time, longing for the fellowship and worship with other believers. We don’t know how long the writer has been deprived.
How fitting it is for our situation today. Many of us have not been in an actual service for almost seven months. Thank God for the resources that our pastors and teachers have utilized to make sure we can enjoy some semblance of fellowship with others.
The Psalmist seems to be under depression, struggling with doubts and fears, but still standing firm on his faith in God. In verses 1 and 2, he expresses that he is thirsty for God. There was something deep down in his spirit that was seeking satisfaction.
Verse 5 and again in verse 11, he questions his feelings; “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me?” and then encourages himself: “hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.”
What does the phrase in verse 7, “deep calleth unto deep” mean? In my morning devotional book, I recently read the following explanation: “God speaks from deepest heaven, and we hear Him in the depths of our being.” Whatever we are going through, we can cry out to the Lord from the depths of our soul, and know that He is listening, that He cares, and that He is always there for us. He brings peace and comfort to our hearts. We may not hear His audible voice, but we know He has heard our cry.
Matthew 7:24-25 – “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.”
What a wonderful privilege it is to have communication with God, whether we are in a gathering with other believers, or if we are all alone in our homes. We should never take this privilege for granted. We should always be thankful for what the Lord has done for us.
Prayer: Lord we know you have not forsaken us, and that you are with us in every situation that we face in life. Help us to be thankful for all the blessings you have bestowed upon us and keep looking to you for our daily strength.
Devotion by Anne Johnston