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Our theme for this month: “Savor the time”
Our Bible verse for today: “Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your billows have swept over me. The Lord will send his faithful love by day; his song will be with me in the night – a prayer to the God of my life.” Psalm 42:7-8 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Go deep with God”
Psalm 42 is a study in contrasts. On the one hand, the writer describes his deep unsatisfied desire for God as being like a thirsty deer longing for a soothing drink from a cool stream (1-2). He also writes about having a dejected and depressed soul immersed in turmoil (5-6). But then, with boldness and confidence, he declares that the Lord will send His faithful love by day and the song of the Lord will be with him in the night (8). He concludes the Psalm with a great statement of faith and encouragement when he writes in verse 11, “Why, my soul, are you so dejected? Why are you in such turmoil? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise him, my Savior and my God.”
Verse 7 is the linchpin upon which the entire Psalm turns. “Deep calls to deep …” God is deep, and He calls us to go deep with Him. Even as the breakers and billows of turmoil, dejection, and depression are washing over us, our deep God calls us to meet Him in deep places.
In his book, “Intimacy with the Almighty” Pastor Chuck Swindoll writes, “Deep things are intriguing. Deep jungles. Deep water. Deep caves and canyons. Deep thoughts and conversations. There is nothing like depth to make us dissatisfied with superficial, shallow things. Once we have delved below the surface and had a taste of the marvels and mysteries of the deep, we realize the value of taking the time and going to the trouble of plumbing those depths. This is especially true in the spiritual realm. God invites us to go deeper rather than to be content with surface matters.”
Going deep with God requires time. It requires us to slow down, stop, sit, and spend time with Him. Going deep with God also happens when we participate in group worship services. Good music, good teaching, and good fellowship can be profoundly worshipful experiences as we encounter God in the middle of them.
I encourage all of us to set aside time this weekend for meeting God in a deep place. Go deep with God.
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