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The Call of the Lord

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

Deep calls to deep.”  Our Lord is a seeking God who is constantly searching for those who will respond to His desire for communion and fellowship (“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock….” Revelation 3:20).

Therefore, by “divine intent,” we were created with the capacity to hear and respond to this desire of the Lord for fellowship and communion.  As we respond in anticipation, we will be lifted into the realm in which we will be able to say with David:

“One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; 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.”  Psalm 27:4

If we truly desire  to enter into and experience this higher realm of personal relationship with the Lord, in which our times of being set apart to enter into His presence becomes more important to us than all that we are attempting to do for Him, then the Lord will respond and begin the process of separating us to Himself.

And Samuel was laid down to sleep; That the Lord called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I. And he ran to Eli, and said, Here am I; for you called me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down. And the Lord called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for you did call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again. Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, neither was the word of the Lord yet revealed to him.”  I Samuel 3:3-7

 

“And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the Lord had called the child. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if He call you, that you shall say, Speak, Lord; for your servant hears. So Samuel went and lay down in his place. And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for your servant hears.”  I Samuel  3:8-10

At the noise of Your waterspouts….”  In the initial stages of our being apprehended by the Lord, we are not yet able to understand His voice, or have the understanding to rightly relate to His dealings.  Thus, this “seeking voice of the Lord” may seem to us as being “noise.”

The Lord so desires to hear from us, that although our response may sound to Him as being a “noise,” He will continue to knock upon the door of our spirit, until our response becomes a “song” of worship and love, and we are able to enter into His chambers to commune with Him.

Therefore, to bring us into the place where the Lord would have us, He must first reduce, or remove all else from us, until we can enter the place where we have a single desire toward Him, and are willing to trust the deep inner dealings and workings of the Holy Spirit.

All Your waves and Your billows are gone over me.”  It is very difficult for us to come to this place of implicit trust in responding to the presence of the Holy Spirit, as the power of “self-preservation” is very strong within each of us.  Thus, there is a reward for us to come to this place of reduction, until the Lord becomes to us, all in all.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 5:3

Even when we make mistakes, if our heart attitude toward the Lord is right, He will continue to draw us to Himself, knowing that we will gradually come to understand His voice and ways, and as a result any “noise” that we presently hear will become a song of rejoicing and worship.

This “song” that the Lord so desires to hear is unique to our personal life experience.  No one else could ever sing this song, as they have not walked as we have.  The Lord will look to us (Deep calls), as if we were the only person in the universe, for He greatly desires to hear this song.

Quite often, we should thank our Lord for His patience with us, in waiting for the song that He so desires to hear.  This desire is so intense, that He will continue to patiently wait.

When Adam failed the Lord in the Garden of Eden, he hid from His presence.  It was the Lord who said, “Adam, where are you?”  When Adam responded with his excuse (noise), the Lord took a step toward him, covering him with the skin of an animal, that their fellowship might be restored.  This was the first blood sacrifice for sin.  Adam and Eve are now covered externally and forgiven, but this must become an inner reality.

In the parable of the sower, Matthew chapter 13, the sower goes forth with “seed:

Behold, a sower went forth to sow”  Matthew 13:3

The Word tells us that this seed is the “Word of the Kingdom.”  As we rightly respond to produce “good soil,” this seed will gradually develop, and the “noise” will have become a clear pathway that leads to the Kingdom.

“He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.”  Matthew 13:11

In Revelation, it is the Lord who stands at the door, knocking, in order to seek out those who will hear and respond.  He is far more interested in us, than we are in Him.  This may be hard for us to believe, but it is true.  All that we need do is to become quiet and listen, and the Lord will direct us to Himself.

When we respond to this “knock” on the door of our spirit, we will be brought up into His presence where our life will become one with His, in communion and purpose.

“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… After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up here, and I will show you things which must be hereafter.  And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.”  Revelation 3:20, 4:1-2

Notice that the “door” did not open until John “looked,” which led him to be seated with the Lord in His throne.

“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 3:21

One of our primary purposes in life should be to reflect the life and desire of the One who is seated upon His Throne, our Lord Jesus Christ.  As we come into this identity in relationship with Him, we will be able to sing, “All your waves and billows are gone over me,” as our life becomes lost in identity with His life.

Now, we have found the purpose for which we were created.  Our song has merged into His song (Deep calls to deep), and they have become one.

And, the noise has indeed become a song.

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