Deep Calls to Deep, Psalm 42

Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your breakers and your billows have swept over me.
-Psalm 42:7

Psalm 42 Titles
Longing for God -CSB, CEV
Why Are You Cast Down, O My Soul? -ESV
Yearning for God in the Midst of Distresses -NKJV
A Cry for Revival -TPT



Charles Spurgeon introduces Psalm this way:
It is the cry of a man far removed from the outward ordinances and worship of God, sighing for the long-loved house of his God; and at the same time it is the voice of a spiritual believer, under depressions, longing for the renewal


Spurgeon:
...of the divine presence, struggling with doubts and fears, but yet holding his ground by faith in the living God.

It is probable that David's flight from Absolom may have been the occasion for composing this Maschil.
(A contemplative song, imparting moral wisdom.)

Psalm 42 is for and about a believer who is seriously depressed.

Deep calls unto deep is a call to walk with God, in our pain.


Weeping, crying, and wailing are prayer languages.

Have you wept lately?

Weeping releases something deep, perhaps because when we weep, we are honest and vulnerable, humble.

Tears are cleansing.

You could say that prayers or worship without tears are not real or authentic.


The word translated here as 'waterfalls' is actually צִנּוֹרֶיךָ tzinoreeka which means 'cataracts' : a descent of water over a steep surface; a waterfall, especially one of considerable size; any furious rush or downpour of water; deluge.



In the depth of depression, we call to the depths of God.

His waterfalls, His breakers and billows, His waves go over us.

Deep sorrow and loss, mixed with hope.

This is Christ in the Psalms and the fellowship of his sufferings.

 I am not being punished, but promoted.

Deep to deep incessant calling,
Tossed by furious tempests' roll,
Endless waves and billows falling,
Overwhelm my fainting soul.
Yet I see a Power presiding
Mid the tumult of the storm,
Ever ruling, ever guiding,
Love's intentions to perform.
-Henry March

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