The Deep Places in God

Lesson 1

Psalm 42:7

Deep calls unto deep, at the noise of your waterfalls

Every person has within them a longing and thirsting for God. They may not know that is what it is, if they are not born again. And some that are born again, do not realize that is what it is either. They just feel unsettled and lacking in something and may not realize it is a hunger for the “Deep Places in God”

Psalm 42:7-8
7 My deep need calls out to the deep kindness of your love. Your waterfall of weeping sent waves of sorrow over my soul, carrying me away, cascading over me like a thundering cataract. Yet all day long God’s promises of love pour over me. Through the night I sing his songs, for my prayer to God has become my life.

Does God Weep? Yes He does. He weeps that His people do not recognize there need for him...and that His promises are ready to pour over them.

Luke 19:41-42
Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem
41 When Jesus caught sight of the city, he burst into tears with uncontrollable weeping over Jerusalem, 42 saying, “If only you could recognize that this day peace is within your reach! But you cannot see it.

Peace is within our reach!!
As Christians, when we first got saved, we had a hunger and a desire to know God. We were enthusiastic and ready to learn. We devoured all we could find that would help us gain this knowledge. But for some reason, somewhere along the way, we lost that first hunger and desire and reached a place where we just stayed there. The desire may still have been there, but not the drive to fulfill it and finally, we became complacent, and satisfied that we had found our place in God.

But I am sure that each of us knows, that this was not as it seemed. That deep down in our souls, we knew that there was more. That the deep part of us was crying out for the deep part of God and somehow, could not get there. And if we don’t get to those deep places, we will never be satisfied or fulfilled in our Christian walk.

What are the Deep Places in God?
This is getting to know the heart of God. Getting to know Him in a way you never have before. It is reaching down into your inner most being and connecting to God’s inner being and becoming one with Him. Until we can come to this place, we will never really “Know” God in the way He wants to be known. We will always feel like there is something missing. That we just are not where we want to be or should be, in Him. How do we get there? How do we get to the Deep Place in God?

Psalms 42:1 As the dear pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for you O God.

Picture a dear running. He is tired and thirsty and he is panting, looking for water to quench his thirst. Feel how dry his mouth is. Nothing will satisfy until he can drink from the water by the brook. That's how we need to feel when it comes to thirsting for the Word of God and the Presence of God!

Verse 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? 3 My tears have been my food day and night, While they continually say to me, “Where is your God?”

The Passion Version
42 For the Pure and Shining One
1 I long to drink of you, O God, drinking deeply from the streams of pleasure
flowing from your presence. My longings overwhelm me for more of you! 2 My soul thirsts, pants, and longs for the living God. I want to come and see the face of God.

Is this how you feel about God? Do you thirst this way for His Word, for His presence?

Until we get to a place where our soul thirsts like this for God, we will not reach the deep places in God. We will continue in our walk as we are, never fulfilling everything that God has for us. Never coming to that intimate place in God where we communicate with Him constantly and His thoughts are our thoughts. How do we get that thirst back?

Psalm 63 TPT
For the Pure and Shining One
1 O God of my life, I’m lovesick for you in this weary wilderness. I thirst with the deepest longings to love you more, with cravings in my heart that can’t be described. Such yearning grips my soul for you, my God! 2 I’m energized every time I enter your heavenly sanctuary to seek more of your power and drink in more of your glory. 3 For your tender mercies mean more to me than life itself. How I love and praise you, God! 4 Daily I will worship you passionately and with all my heart. My arms will wave to you like banners of praise. 5 I overflow with praise when I come before you, for the anointing of your presence satisfies me like nothing else. You are such a rich banquet of pleasure to my soul. 6–7 I lie awake each night thinking of you and reflecting on how you help me like a father. I sing through the night under your splendor-shadow, offering up to you my songs of delight and joy! 8 With passion I pursue and cling to you. Because I feel your grip on my life, I keep my soul close to your heart.

The passion in this plea...should be the cry of our hearts. We must seek the Lord. All around us may be dry and thirsty, but if we seek after the Lord, Early, we will be satisfied. Look for God in the Sanctuary. Come expecting, and He will be there in His Power and Glory.

The Sanctuary is anywhere that you have set aside, to seek the Lord. That special place where you take the time to get into His presence.

You will never come to a place in the Deep Places of God, if you do not seek Him. He is not hiding, but He wants you to come to Him. He will not force you to become close to Him. That is your free will. If you want to continue on the way you are going, you can. But if you really want to know Him, if you really want to know His heart and His perfect will for you, you must seek Him. As you seek Him, you will begin to hunger for more. You will no longer be satisfied with your life the way it is. You will want to be with Him, more then any other place. Praise and Worship will be a way of life for you. And you will begin to know God as He needs to be known.

All of us have a need to be understood. If we try to communicate with others and they just don’t seem to be getting what we are saying, it can be frustrating. We want to have people understand us and not misinterpret the things we say and do. And many times that does not happen. People get upset with us because they do not really know us. Because if our intentions are pure, and they really knew us, they would know and see that we only want the best for them.

Well it is the same way with God. He wants us to understand Him. He wants us to know Him and that He has only the best for us. People blame God for things, because they do not really know Him. Because if they knew Him and His word, they would also know that He is not capable of doing the things they accuse Him of. He wants us to know how loving He is and that His word is all powerful and that it can overcome anything that this world throws at us.

Do you want to get to know God this way? Do you want His thinking to be your thinking? Do you want the answers to your questions?

Then you need to let the Deep in you, cry out to the Deep in God and He will answer. He will take you to places in Him that you have never been before. You will understand the scriptures like you never have before. And most important, you will know Him!

TPT stands for The Passion Version.  Other translations used are from the New King James Version

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