by Wade E Taylor
“Deep calls to deep. At the noise of Your waterspouts, all Your waves and Your billows are gone over me.” Psalm 42:7
The first “Deep” relates to the heart desire of our Lord for communion and fellowship with us. The second “deep” relates to the spiritual capacity within us, which the Lord created to satisfy His desire. The fact that the first “Deep” is calling to the second “deep” tells us that our Lord actively seeks and desires our fellowship with Him.
“Behold, I stand at the door (of your spirit), 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. To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne.” Revelation 3:20-21 (comment added)
In search for the fulfillment of His desire for fellowship, God created the expanse of the universe, but still could not find that which He desired. Therefore, He returned and formed man from dust (Adam was created to be dependent), and created within him a “depth” in his spirit that is inversely commensurate with the vastness of the universe. This “deep” within man is capable of unlimited communion with God, through which the Lord receives a measure of satisfaction.
The Lord formed man “in His image,” and placed man in a special environment that would be conducive to the satisfaction of His desire for communion and fellowship. Then, the Lord came often to walk with man, in this “set apart” place.
“And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” Genesis 3:8
This “cool of the day” refers to a time in the evening when the sun is setting and the dew is beginning to rise. This produces a special atmosphere that is favorable to intimacy in fellowship. It was at this special time that the Lord came to fellowship with Adam.
“And the Lord God called to Adam, and said to him, Where are you?” Genesis 3:9
The Lord had taken the initiative in establishing this relationship to commune and fellowship with man (Deep calls), and now the man is hiding from the presence of his creator. When the Lord said to Adam, “Where are you,” He was not asking his location, but rather, the state of his heart.
Adam hid, because he had fallen from his place of dependence and obedience. Thus, in redemption, the purpose of the Lord is far more than the forgiveness of our failures. Rather, it has to do with our being restored to the original intention of our Lord for fellowship.
To maintain this “special environment” for intimacy and communion with God, man was given the necessary authority to maintain “dominion” over the garden, and all that was in it.
“Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.” Genesis 2:15 NKJV
The Lord created this garden as a special environment in which He could commune with man. Because man failed and was driven from this garden, it is now our responsibility to establish and set apart a special place into which we can invite the Lord to come for fellowship with us.
Therefore, each of us should set apart a special “place” (Garden) in which to commune with the Lord. This prepared place should be an area within our home that is both dedicated and decorated (the atmosphere of the cool of the day) to be conducive to His presence.
“But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, (this set apart place that you have created for the Lord) and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret; and your Father, who sees in secret, shall reward you openly.” Matthew 6:6 (comment added)
Because the enemy of our redemption has possessed this land since Adam’s transgression, he must be driven out, and this “land” consecrated for a higher purpose – an area that we choose and set apart as a special place for prayer and communion. This requires an action on our part to establish this “garden” (closet). Then, we can invite the Lord to come and commune with us.
“Awake, O north wind; and come, You south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my Beloved come into His garden, and eat His pleasant fruits.” Song of Solomon 4:16 (underline added for emphasis)
The Lord will respond to this invitation, and knock on the door of this “set apart place.” Here, as we respond, He will find the satisfaction that He had searched the universe for, but had not found.
“I am come into My garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered My myrrh with My spice; I have eaten My honeycomb with My honey; I have drunk My wine with My milk….” Song of Solomon 5:1
This “Deep” within the Lord – the satisfaction that He had searched the universe for, but was unable to find, has found the “deep” (our desire to personally know Him) that is within us. Now, in unhindered abandonment, as we commune together, the “noise” of the waterspout (His singular attention toward us) will have become a “song” of full redemption that we sing back to Him in worship and adoration.
That which once seemed as being “noise” in our spiritual experience has now become a song. We are hearing His voice and have understanding concerning His desire for communion with us, and the outworking of His purposes through us, in union with Him, as His bride.
“And they sung a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And have made us to our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” Revelation 5:9-10
Now, the Lord has found the fellowship that He desired.
May each of us carefully set apart within our home, a “special place” and then invite the Lord to come and personally fellowship with us. Then in anticipation, “wait for Him” to appear.
“Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the Righteous Judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but to all them also that love His appearing.” II Timothy 4:8
We cannot lose by spending time in His presence.