Even deeper: Enhancing our relationship with the Lord

This morning as I began my time of meditation and prayer, I thought of words of encouragement spoken to those age 50 and older in our church, Grace Covenant Church, Chantilly, VA. Minister Michelle Jones exhorted the believers present on a Zoom call to go deeper in our relationship with the Lord and with His Word. We are living in tumultuous times, as we all are facing blinding rain and Hurricane-force winds that seek to toss us about and overwhelm our souls. In the midst of it all, God is calling believers to a deeper relationship with Him.

During this period of unprecedented upheaval where everything that can be shaken is being shaken, Psalm 42:7 (NIV) comes to mind:

Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.

Timothy Jemly, comments on this verse in his book, God’s Submarines: Go below the waves of stress, anxiety, and heartbreak using these simple tools to deepen your relationship with God.


“God dwells in the depths, and He has put within us a deep longing that cries out for Him; under all of our busyness is a longing for stillness of the deep.”


He goes on to explain:

“The last part of the verse says, “Your waves and breakers have passed over me.” That carries a different connotation than being tossed by the waves. If they sweep over you, then you are below them

The United States Navy tells its submarine captains that in the event of approaching hurricanes, they are to head for the nearest spot where they can dive into the depths. Why? Because even in the biggest hurricanes, things are calm down in the depths.”

I express my heart’s desire for even greater intimacy, for a relationship that is

Even Deeper

More intimate than friend or kin or wife
Is close-knit love God weaves within my life.

Lonnell E. Johnson

I have learned to value the foremost relationship
That transcends the deep affections of a loving wife,
Beyond Hebron, the place of our closest kinship,
Even above the heights of our most cherished friendship,
For, this relationship impacts all facets of life.
Above all else, this I know: God loves me–I love Him.
I vow to honor and obey as long as I live.
I will admonish and encourage and be strengthened.
All the borders of my heart I promise to lengthen.
I will not harbor resentment but willingly forgive.
My faith in the true and living God may it increase.
Even in the midst of strife, I sow seeds of peace.
Striving to maintain this primary relationship
Builds even deeper levels of intimate worship.

As we are blessed to close out another year, our hearts overflow with gratitude to God whose loving-kindness and tender mercy have brought us thus far along the way. We look ahead with even greater vision, knowing that the New Year holds blessings beyond anything we could ever ask or think, as we strengthen our relationship with the Lord who calls us to go even deeper.

We close with a moving song of worship: “Deep Calls unto Deep”:

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