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Deep Calling
October 21, 2022
Most people interpret the famous verse from Psalm 42 "deep calls to deep" as the relationship between a man in despair crying out to God. And it is certainly the first order interpretation. But doing so misses an opportunity to reflect on how we can better relate to each other, especially within a marriage or a friendship.
 Deep calls to deep
at the roar of your waterfalls;
all your breakers and your waves
have gone over me. (Psalm 42:7)

  1. Deep calling starts within the depths of one's soul filled with despair
  2. While God is the only one who can fill all those needs, and is the object of the call, where do our close relationships fit?
  3. It's a missed opportunity and one that often lies unfilled is the deep calling between two people
    1. Husband and wife
    2. Friend to friend
  4. The verse is poetry -- which means there aren't hard lines of definitions and behavior...but doesn't everyone, if they allow themselves, have a depth within them that cries out?
  5. The challenge is not everyone know how to mine their own depths; which means they can't fill much of that deep calling from the other
  6. And I do not believe one can mine one's depth without a desire to know God -- know him deeply in his word
  7. A shallow understanding of God leads to shallow self-understanding
  8. The reason why proper exegesis of the reading of scripture is essential is not just about knowing God or understanding the facts of the Gospel, but it is the only means of truly getting deep within yourself
  9. Why is deep calling important?
    1. It helps you determine how you can be ready to deepen your relationship with others
    2. It will help you to receive that calling and fill as much as you can through God of that calling
    3. You are able to mine within yourself IF you can find someone to also be on the receiving end
  10. The problem is most people can't do either: they neither go within their own depth and they do not know how to receive a deep calling because they, themselves, do not have the depth.
  11. This is a problem.  People at church should have far higher mental health than others because we should be able to carry that burden with the level of depth -- but I guarantee you that isn't the case.  Loneliness, conflict, personality fragmentation, dissassociation, anxiety -- you name it -- it means people aren't following a deep calling

The two questions that I want to pose is: "Are you deep enough through your searching and intimacy with God, to reach out to someone from those depths; and do you know someone who has done the sufficient work through God to receive your calling?"

If not, why?

 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)