There are times when ‘life happens’ for all of us. We find ourselves stranded in deep waters where waves of trouble and trials crash over us again and again. Our emotions are in turmoil.
Many times, I have found myself in a place where words could not be spoken. The heart cry of my sadness and grief echoed out over the waters of my despair. But during these times God reaches out to us:
“Deep calleth unto deep at the voice of thy waterspouts; all thy waves and billows are gone over me. Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindess in the day time and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life. I will say unto God my rock why has thou forgotten me? (Psalm 42:7 KJV)
This is also the only place in the Bible that refers to waterspouts. Waterspouts are created during ocean storms when funnels touch the water connecting the ocean with the heavens. It speaks of the connection that God longs to make with us during the storms that rage through our lives.
In Hebrew ‘deep’ (tehom) is described as an immeasurable chasm or abyss. And during times of trouble we sense that chasm in our own lives. We feel the separation from God, the source of comfort, love and grace.
Pastor William Bradenton writes that during times of emotional upheaval, the Spirit of God desires to comfort us with His touch. This is the “Deep calling to Deep:”
“It is the Spirit of God reaching deep into the spirit of His children, bypassing all that would attempt to impede the sweet communion and fellowship God so passionately desires to have with us.”
The Bible also describes the Lord’s voice as the roar of rushing waters (Ezekiel 14:2). It likens God’s voice to the sound of a cascading waterfall calling out to us (humanity) from the heights of heaven echoing the heart cry of His love and yearning for connection and relationship with us.
Through our emotional turmoil, a cry begins to form in the innermost recesses of our being. There are no words, only deep emotions stirred by our grief, pain, and troubles. The groaning of our humanity from the deep pains in life can be traumatic:
Romans 8:26 speaks of a groaning that words cannot express as the Holy Spirit prays through us. The Spirit within us calling out to the Spirit of the living God to help us overcome our obstacles.
Emotional turmoils are part of life. We can’t avoid them.
There were occasions when Christ also experienced painful emotions. His agonizing prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane for His Heavenly Father to remove the cup of suffering, and then on the cross when Jesus cried out: “My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?”
King David was a man after God’s own heart who experienced extreme highs and lows of emotions. From the high of bringing the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem with celebration and uninhibited dancing to the low of terrible anguish and sorrow over his adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband.
David experienced the full spectrum of God’s love, mercy and grace despite his sin, failure and shortcomings.
“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise him, my salvation, and my God, My soul is cast down within me, therefore, I remember you.“(Psalm 42:5)
Yet through these times, deep calls to deep and again and again, waves of forgiveness, grace and mercy return to us from the heart of our covenant-keeping God. Our broken and ruined state is met with waves of divine grace.
The deep affliction of our heart calls for the release of God’s deep mercy towards us. Eighteenth century preacher Charles Spurgeon wrote:
“The grace of God is deeper than the depths of our sin, higher than the heights of our rebellion, broader that the breadths and lengths of our depravity. The deep of your misery calls to the deep of sacred mercy, and faith shall hear a favourable answer.”
In times of emotional turmoil and frustration, call out to God. There is a royal oath of covenant sealed by the shed blood of Christ giving us perpetual entrance into the presence of God. The bruised and broken body of Christ covers our humanity and made a way for us to touch heaven.
“Do not forget that there is another deep, whose remembrance will remove from you the bitterness of your present sorrow. There is love in heaven towards you which will never grow chill, immortal and unchanging love, and besides there is a royal oath which can never be broken. A covenant ratified with blood that can never be dishonoured.” (Charles Spurgeon)
God will meet us and help us! And off in the distance we will see glorious waves of mercy, grace and love expanding to meet us in our time of distress and need.