Excerpts from articles by
Wade Taylor and Walter Beuttler
“Deep calls to deep.” Psalm 42:7
“Deep calling to deep,” speaks of the “Deep”
(longing for fellowship) that is within our Lord, seeking
the “deep” (the created capacity to respond and
commune with the Lord) that is within us. The Lord is a seeking
God, and He is actively calling to us, to come apart and respond
to His call.
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man
hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and
will sup with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20
The Lord desires to commune and fellowship with us, that
He may speak into our lives. He is not looking for those who
seek information about Him, but rather He is seeking those
who desire to personally and intimately know Him. We can only
come to personally know Him, by spending time with Him - in
His Presence, as we wait upon Him.
“And the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man
speaks to his friend.” Exodus 33:11
Only as we seek to personally know the Lord by spending time
in His presence, will we be able to recognize His presence
“He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children
of Israel.” Psalm 103:7
As we spend quality time in His presence, we will receive
understanding concerning His ways.
“Who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Matthew
“If any man hears My voice.” This is “conditional,”
and tells us that the ability to “hear” the voice
of the Lord must be cultivated. We cannot develop this ability
to “hear,” unless we first learn to “wait”
upon the Lord.
“Blessed is the man that hears Me, watching daily at
My gates, waiting at the posts of My doors. For whoso finds
Me finds life, and shall obtain favor of the Lord.”
It is a fact that the Lord is standing at the door. He is
there, knocking upon the “door” that leads into
our spirit, awaiting our response. When we truly believe this,
and daily come apart to wait, “at the posts of My door,”
in active worship, expecting the door to open, the Lord will
walk into our life to “sup” with us, and we with
Him. This is waiting “for” the Lord.
The Lord is calling to the “deep” within us,
seeking to draw us apart to commune with Him, as He stands
at the door of our “daily activities,” knocking,
in order to attract our attention. Therefore, blessed is the
one that hears His “knock” (voice) and turns aside
in response. This can only happen when we are actively “watching
and listening” daily at His gates.
“And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him
that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.” Isaiah
As we wait “for” Him, before the “door”
that separates us from Him, and He responds, we can then begin
to wait “upon” Him. Waiting “upon”
the Lord is a time of worshipful quietness before Him in which
we become receptive to the Spirit of God. As we wait “upon”
the Lord, He takes the lead and we follow.
“Come, My beloved, let us go forth into the field;
let us lodge in the villages. Let us get up early to the vineyards;
let us see if the vine flourish.” Song of Solomon 7:11-12a
While our outer man (soul) is still, our inner man (spirit)
will come alive to the things of God. This is not a time in
which we make our requests known, or become passive; but one
of expectation in which we actively wait to be filled with
His manifest presence. Once we begin to hear, He will lead
us according to His purpose to accomplish His will in and
through us. The outworking of this can take place in many
"It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual
body." I Corinthians 15:44a
As we continue to wait, there will be a progressive dying
of our flesh to all the voices of our natural mind, and a
subsequent birthing of “the mind of Christ” with
His thought and His purpose.
We should cultivate this practice of waiting upon Him, until
we are no longer governed or controlled by the demands of
the natural realm. As we do this, we will become more spiritually
sensitive, and our “ear” will become more and
more tuned to the voice of the Lord.
The important thing is not the length of time that we “wait,”
but the “quality” (we wait in worshipful anticipation)
of the time that we are in His presence. Five minutes of quality
time is worth more than an hour of struggle. Time becomes
“quality” time, where we are relaxed and not aware
of the clock, or struggling to wait for an hour, thinking
we have earned something. It is the outworking of a love “relationship,”
a deep inner desire to be with the Lord.
“The secret of the Lord is with them that fear (reverence)
Him” (Psalm 25:14). The Lord will reveal His secrets
to those who come to Him in an attitude of worship, as they
express their love for Him.
“For since the beginning of the world men have not
heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither has the eye seen,
O God, beside You, what He has prepared for him that waits
for Him.” Isaiah 64:4
The Scripture says, “The kingdom of heaven suffers
violence, and the violent take it by force” (Matthew
11:12b). As we make a commitment of our lives to the Lord,
and begin to seek the higher realms of God, a two-fold opposition
will rise against us. The desires of our “self-life”
will intensify and a warfare of the enemy will attack us,
seeking to divert us. We must at this point, take an active
stand against our flesh, and against the enemy, until we can
again seek the Lord in anticipation with a single eye.
The enemy knows the power that can flow through the life
of the one who has been alone with the Lord in His chambers.
He knows the heart cry of those who will eagerly respond when
they witness the beauty of Jesus being expressed through the
life of the one who truly knows “Him.”
We must be willing to set apart time to wait upon Him in
His presence, whenever He calls to us for this purpose. We
wait “for” the Lord (anticipation). Then, when
He comes (manifest presence), we wait “on” Him.
As we wait “for” Him, a gradual unfolding of what
we are to do will form within us, so we can enter into a “cooperative”
relationship with Him, as we wait “upon” Him.
This experience of “waiting before the Lord”
is simply to linger in His presence, with no other agenda
than to be with Him. This time of waiting should focus on
“intimacy” rather than goals, on “being”
rather than “doing.” Once we have “tasted”
the fruit of time spent waiting in the presence of the Lord,
we will never again be satisfied with less. The “witness”
of divine favor resting upon our lives, as a result of our
times of intimate communion with the Lord, will stir others
to seek this deeper knowledge of knowing the Lord.
“Waiting upon the Lord” will cause a spiritual
renewal to take place in our lives, connecting us with the
Lord through faith, and then leading us into a conscious revelation
of Him. This experience will grow gradually, and become our
Those who have learned the secret of entering into His presence
have found a pearl of great price.