Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Deep calls to deep

Psalm 42:7-8
Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls;
All Your waves and billows have gone over me.
The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime,
And in the night His song shall be with me —
A prayer to the God of my life.

Margaret Becker - Deep Calling Deep


  1. Maybe I'm slow, but I've never understood what "deep calls to deep" means. What does it mean?

  2. This isn't a deep theological explanation for it, and I'm not sure if it's necessarily correct, but I've heard it explained as something like "the deepest part of me calls out to the deepest part of God." A yearning to know and be known, so to speak.

    The Psalm starts out:

    As the deer pants for the water brooks,
    So pants my soul for You, O God.
    My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
    When shall I come and appear before God?
    My tears have been my food day and night,
    While they continually say to me,
    “Where is your God?”

    In our life in Christ I believe the "deepest part of us" is always close to the "deepest part of God," spiritually speaking, because we have been brought near to Him by the blood of Jesus. But on a soulful level we still yearn to grow and to know Him more intimately. Deep calling to deep.

  3. Joel,
    Do you think this is also applicable within the Body? The Christ in you calls forth the Christ in me? That is what I see happening on our blogs... :)

  4. RJW,

    I reckon that's probably true! We're one body, and as the Head leads, the deepest part of each other reaches the deepest part of each other.