We are living in a time when many people are suffering from depression, fear, loneliness, insecurity, confusion, and an over-all feeling of powerlessness. There is a complete lack of spiritual understanding and the calling and purpose of God in their lives.
2 Timothy 1:7 declares: For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. People often quote this verse, yet many do not believe it or act like it is God’s spoken word to us for today. There is such a lack of focus and vision on what is really important in their lives.
What happened to love and power and a sound mind? There is a spiritual process we must come through before we can truly enter into all the Lord has for us. There must be an emptying of ourselves in order to receive what God has for us.
Let’s look closely at Psalm 42:1-11: As the deer pants (longs) for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually say to me, “Where is your God?”
When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; I went with those to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept a holy day.
Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? (Why are you uneasy, restless, and anxious)? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance (His presence).
O my God, my soul is cast down within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, and from the heights of Hermon, from the Hill Mizar (the head waters of the Jordan River). Psalm 133:3 speaks of the dew of Hermon having to do with the anointing of God’s Spirit. Mizar means small, referring to Zion the place where the river starts.
Deep calls unto deep at the noise of your waterfalls; all Your waves and billows (tidal waves) have gone over me. The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me—a prayer to the God of my life.
I will say to God my Rock, “Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?” As with a breaking of my bones, my enemies reproach me, while they say to me all day long, “Where is your God.”
Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help (salvation) of my countenance and my God.
There comes a time when everything within us is crying out to God and we leave behind everyone else’s opinions and cry out to the Rock of our salvation. That is when something deep within us is responding to something deep in God.
To go into deep water requires one to be prepared, because the water pressure will be severe. Submarines have to be built a certain way to be able to take the pressures of deep water. So it is with us. We have to be prepared, adjusted, changed, and be able to take the pressure if we are going deep.
We are living in a time when it seems people are so shallow. Even church people are not prepared to go deeper in God. They seem to have little foundation, shallow wells, and are totally subject to all the elements. They want the benefits of marriage without being married, and they want the benefits of God’s blessings without actually knowing or having fellowship with God.
Ephesians 4:14 says that we should no longer be like children tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine. Yet we see this very thing taking place on a daily basis.
What does it take to cause a person to want to go deeper in God? For most of us, we don’t come because we want to but because we have to. It usually takes the pressures of life to get our attention and bring us to the place where religion and theology alone will not satisfy and will not bring joy and fullness of life in Christ.
Matthew 5:6: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
Matthew5:8: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Luke 6:48 speaks of digging a deep foundation. …“He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.”
John 4:11 speaks of the woman at the well, and the water was in a deep well. But Jesus went deeper. There is a song that says:
Who is like You Lord in all the earth? Matchless love and beauty, endless worth. For nothing in this world can satisfy. Jesus You’re the cup that won’t run dry.
All my days on earth I will await the moment that I see You face to face. For nothing in this world can satisfy. Jesus You’re the cup that won’t run dry. Your presence is heaven to me. Jesus You’re the cup that won’t run dry.
Psalm 27:1-6: The Lord is my light and my salvation: whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell. Though an army should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war should rise against me, in this I will be confident.
One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy (joyous shouts) in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.
We have to finally come to the place where we are after the “one thing.” Not ten things, not money, not success, not fame, but one thing that has priority. That one thing we desire of the Lord is what we are going to seek after. What is it? That we may dwell in the very presence of the Lord all the days of our lives. God’s presence has to become more important to us than anything else.
Can you say: “Lord, I want you more than life itself. More than the air I breathe. More than anything.” What will it take to get you to that place?