of Our Heart
Wade E Taylor
"Deep calleth unto deep. At the noise of thy waterspouts,
all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me" Psalm
Our Lord is a seeking God. He desires to have times of intimate
fellowship with us, whom He created with this capacity. He
actively looks (Deep calleth)upon the hidden intent of our
heart, seeking for an indication of any willingness that we
may have to respond. If He finds, even buried deep within
us, any indication of a sincere desire to personally know
Him, He will begin to take a singular interest in us.
This personal attention that we receive from the Lord can
be likened to a waterspout, rather than to rain equally falling
upon all. A waterspout is caused by a wind pattern that whips
rain into a funnel of water with a singular point of destination.
While rain falls upon all, this waterspout causes a deluge
upon one, (all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me).
It is truly marvelous to experience this "Deep calling
to deep," in which the Lord singularly becomes active
within our lives, taking a personal interest in bringing us
into a place of intimate communion and fellowship with Him.
At first, we may not understand the purpose and direction
of this Divine activity(at the NOISE of thy waterspout), but
gradually this "noise" will become within us a song
of worship that will open the door to times of intimate fellowship
with our Lord.
If the level of our spiritual hunger falls short of this
deep desire within the Lord for personal fellowship with us;
then reluctantly, He will feed us on the level of our desire
towards Him. Many seek after and are satisfied with, what
the Lord can do ÊÔÚ them. This can be better
understood as we comp are two groups that followed Jesus.
"And a great multitude followed him, because they saw
his miracles which he did on them that were diseased"
John 6:2. Five thousand men along with women and children
heard about this outdoor Gospel meeting and came to see if
it was as they were told. These were observers who came out
of curiosity. Therefore, Jesus fed them on the level of their
These received the best meal they had ever eaten. Jesus
Himself multiplied the five loaves and two fishes. He gave
each portion to His disciples who in turn gave to the people.
They were given all that they were able to eat, as twelve
baskets full were left over. They literally "burped"
on a miracle, but this that they had received was temporal
and only temporary.
Later this multitude returned, looking for Jesus. Their
only interest was in the materialistic satisfaction that they
had received from Him. There was no indication of any interest
in Jesus Himself as one who desired their fellowship. The
only word that the Lord spoke to them was a word of correction.
"Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say
unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but
because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour
not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which
endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall
give unto you: for Him hath God the Father sealed" John
There was another multitude of whom the Word tells us something
quite different. "And it came to pass, that, as the people
pressed upon Him to hear the Word of God, He stood by the
lake of Gennesaret" Luke 5:1. There is a vast difference
in the heart attitude of these two groups. The first group
desired only His miracles, the second group desired from Him
the Word of the Lord.
The response of the Lord was entirely different concerning
this second group. The deep desire within Him for fellowship
with His creation reached out to them. "And (He) saw
two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone
out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into
one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he
would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down,
and taught the people out of the ship" Luke 5:2-3.
The land speaks of our natural habitat, were we feel comfortable
and are in control of our circumstances. The water speaks
of the realm of the Spirit, where the Lord is in control and
where He guides us so as to make Himself, and His ways, known
to us. He will begin in the "shallow" areas by teaching
us the basic principles of "walking in the spirit."
Then when we are ready, He will lead us out into "depths"
in the realm of the Spirit, (all thy waves and thy billows
are gone over me). Here, we come into times of intimate communion
Notice that two ships were available. There will always
be two boats, (two choices) that are available at the critical
moment. Jonah was told to go to Ninevah. He went down to the
seaport and found a ship, waiting. However, it was going in
the wrong direction. He went aboard, but later was thrown
overboard and found himself within the belly of a second "ship"
that was going in the right direction.
"Deep calleth to deep." It is up to us to respond
to this call. The Lord will make it easy for us to go another
way. We must choose which "ship" we will enter.
One will take us away from His desire for our fellowship.
The other will take us out into the deep where we can let
down our nets at His Word.
One of these ships can be considered to be "John Chapter
6." Here, He will multiply loaves and fishes (the prosperity
message), but the satisfaction will only be temporary. The
other ship can be considered to be "Luke Chapter 5."
Here, He will push out a little from the shore and teach us.
Then He will be able to lead us out into deep where "all
thy waves and thy billows are gone over me." Yet, it
is here where our nets will hardly be able to hold all that
He will provide.
The Lord knows which chapter (ship) we are in; John 6 or
Luke 5. His action towards us will be determined by our attitude,
which will place us in one or the other. Even if we are found
to be in John 6, there is a way that leads to Luke 5. He will
take of the loaves and fishes, multiply them and feed us.
Then He will chasten us, showing us that there is something
better. Most encouraging of all, He will show us the way.
That we might enter into to His waves and billows, and hear
His deep calling unto the deep of our spirit.
May we respond to this desire of the Lord for our fellowship,
and go beyond the loaves and fishes (prosperity), no matter
how good it may be. Then, He will find the satisfaction that
He greatly desires; our being singularly in the boat with
Him, with all His waves and billows going over us, as we move
out into His deeper purposes.