I have been looking at the word ‘deep’ as mentioned in Genesis 1.
Strong’s describe it as an abyss, the main sea or a subterranean water supply. It comes from a root word that means to agitate greatly, cause an uproar, destroy, put in commotion, drive, destroy, disturb, consume, crush, discomfort.
I think we all have ‘deep’ places in our lives. Places in which we are greatly agitated, where our souls are in uproar, where we feel crushed and consumed and discomforted.
This is what the Holy Spirit is hovering and brooding over today.
Like so many things in scripture, there is a duality in the deep. It is a place of great trouble, yet it is also a place where there is a great supply of water. Proverbs 8 talks about the ‘fountains of the deep’.
Some things I have learned about the deep:
The deep causes us to cry out to God. (ps. 107:23)
We don’t stay there forever, he leads us through it. (Ps 71:20, 68:22, 106:9)
His will is done there. (Ps 135:6)
He gives us a drink from there. (Ps 78:15)
The depths is laid up in a storehouse (Ps 33:7)
I looked up the word storehouse in Ps 33, it can also be called a treasure house. Can it be that the deep, desolate, crushed areas of my life can be a treasure?
If it causes me to turn to God and find his great and merciful salvation in the midst of my troubles, then the answer is YES!
I think the depths serve a purpose. We are not destroyed by it but we find God’s salvation there. Micah 7 says he casts all our sins into the depths of the sea… I think we come out of the depths changed, and the particular thing that the Holy Spirit has been dealing with stays behind when we come out…
One of my favorite Psalms is Ps. 130: Out of the depths have I cried unto you, O Lord… It ends with: Let Israel hope in the Lord, for with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him there is plenteous redemption. Another version says ‘full salvation”.
Today, I am trusting God to meet me as I cry out to him from the depths of my life. (Ps 42; deep calleth unto deep…) I know he is right here, brooding over me and ready to speak his words of life into my heart.