Last night as we were praying as a family, the Lord reminded me of the verse, “deep cries to deep.” I never really understood the meaning of that verse, to be honest. It always stood out as mysterious and poetic, but outside of that I had no real understanding of it, until yesterday. The context of my day seemed to bring some clarity to this enigma.
Yesterday afternoon, I went out for a pedicure with a dear friend of mine. After the pedicure, we sat in the car for almost two hours, sharing about some heavy matters God had been exposing in our lives. It was a precious conversation where we shared about the deep things God had been revealing to us about us. No one was correcting the other on their perspectives on what God had shown the other. There was a mutual respect for the other’s journey. It was one of those conversations that wasn’t about agreeing or not, but about understanding that our God is so vast and searches even hidden things of our hearts, that created a beautiful atmosphere in the car that day. It was filled with respect for each other and awe for our King and Father. It never got petty, discussing agreements or disagreements.
It was filled with the fear of the Lord.
We finished the conversation with prayer and I returned home.
So, fast forward to the evening when my family and I were praying with our young children before bed when God quickened that verse, “Deep cries to deep,” it came with a revelation of what it could mean.
The whole psalm (Psalm 42) is about depression, waiting on the Lord and pouring out our entire beings before Him. But what I realized about this verse is that it begs a mutual respect for other’s walks, not judgment. The only reason I can hear the stories or the call of a deep well in another person is because of the deep well God created in me.
I didn’t create the well. God did.
And the only reason they can hear my deep well is because they have a deep well that God created in them. There isn’t really a hierarchical looking-down upon another because deep is crying out to deep before a God that put two people together. And those wells weren’t dug through lofty sermons or lavish Bible studies. They were dug through through sadness, depression, despair, testing and trials. They were dug through denying ourselves, taking up our crosses and following Him.
There is no room to boast in anyone other than Jesus Himself.
It’s like one warrior looking across to another: No room for looking down on another’s mistakes, pain or journey as our own transgressions remain before us (Psalm 51:3).
It created a holy atmosphere where the only one lifted up was our King, not man. Like Daniel prayed in chapter 9, “To us be the shame, and to you be the Glory.” We were made low and the presence of God came.
Same thing goes for teachers, preachers, evangelists and apostles. When we are given a word from heaven to proclaim, deep is calling to deep. And when other’s “get it,” its an opportunity to rejoice with other deep wells, not look down on others in pride over how deep our well is, but to respect and honor and the deep that God created in others and stand in Awe of the One whose waves passed over us to create those wells.
“Deep calls to Deep at the sound of Your waterfalls, All Your waves and breakers passed over me.”Psalm 42:7
The more we can take on this humble stance of humbling ourselves before one another which ultimately honors God when we aren’t trying to elevate ourselves above another, then during the midst of famine or pestilence, God will hear our prayers and heal our land!
“If I shut up the heavens and there is no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people upon whom My Name is called, shall humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I shall hear from the heavens, and forgive their sin and heal their land.”II Chronicles 7:13-14