Psalm 42:7 (NKJV) : “Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls;
All Your waves and billows have gone over me.”
Pain, sufferings and deep human afflictions come to us at some point as part of the package of life on earth. We can hide it or ignore it. We can wallow in it. Or we can embrace them. Acknowledging and embracing the challenges of life are the skills of a spiritually healthy and strong person.
In Psalms 42:5-7, King David comes to grip with his deep pain and discouragement. In his darkest hour, He remembers the Lord and the better days he had in his life. He exhorts himself to hang on to good times to come.
Around 925 B.C. in the Old Testament, a woman by the name of Hannah was barren. She was desperate to have children of her own. Her rival in the family provoked her till she wept and would not eat. She was weeping and downhearted. In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. Hannah prayed in such visible distress that even the priest Eli thought she was drunk. Divine grace was upon her. The Lord answered her prayer and she gave birth to a son named Samuel. He later became one of the greatest prophet of Israel ( 1 Samuel 1 ). Praise the LORD!
In Colossians 4:12, Epaphras, a co-worker of Paul, wrestling in prayer, the deep calls unto deep, for the spiritual welfare of new believers in the church at Colosse (in Turkey). His deep prayers were to exalt the believers to stand firm in all the will of God, to be mature and fully assured. Romans 8:26 speaks of a groaning that words cannot express as the Holy Spirit prays through us. The spirit within us is calling upon the Spirit of the Living God to answer us and to help us overcome our mountains (obstacles).
On several occasions Jesus Christ Himself, fully as a human on earth, also acknowledged and expressed painful emotions like us. His cry of loneliness from the cross was the ultimate expression of His personal suffering over our sins.
Matthew 27:46 (NIV) tells us of the “deep calling unto deep” : 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
God wants to touch our spirit in the midst of our deepest pain and desperation and to bring true comfort and hope in our lives. He is our LOVING FATHER who grieves with us in our desperate situations.
The deep pains in life and the groans of humanity can be traumatic but do not be afraid. The Creator God in Christ Jesus has promised to be with us till the very end of age!
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ said in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Would you cry out to JESUS in earnest prayers and intercessions for your own life situations, your families, your neighbors and your beloved nation?
As we reach out to the LORD in deep groans and prayers, He eagerly responds to us. He who calls us into fellowship with His SON is FAITHFUL! ( 1 Cor 1:9 ).
Countless believers around the world, while being tortured and suffered deeply, have been miraculously delivered and sustained by HIS loving Presence.
His Grace is sufficient for us! ( 2 Cor 12:9 ).
Scripture References :
Psalm 42:5-7 (NIV)
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.
Psalm 31:24 (NIV)
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.
Psalm 33:20 (NIV)
We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.
Jeremiah 14:22 (NIV)
Do any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain? Do the skies themselves send down showers? No, it is you, Lord our God. Therefore our hope is in you, for you are the one who does all this.
Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Romans 5:1-2 (NIV)
[ Peace and Hope ] Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 1:9 (NIV)
God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.