Week One - Preparation: Deep calling to the Deep | Day One: The Need for Intimacy

"Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts" Ps 42.7

"When we sing, 'Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,' we are not thinking of the nearness of place, but of the nearness of relationship. It is for increasing degrees of awareness that we pray, for a more perfect consciousness of the divine Presence. We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts." --A.W. Tozer

We live in a fast paced world ever accelerating in information and social media relationships, yet people's need for intimacy is accentuated by the lack of real relationship leaving many, many in a growing sense of loneliness, disconnected from their circles of meaningful relationships. People have become more increasingly as isolated islands in the vast sea of humanity - talking and texting; speaking to others but not being heard, hearing and not really understanding.

Society has become comfortably accustomed to meet at an arid and shallow plain and exchange something physical or even soulish while the unseen heart cries out of it's depth for the intimate and meaningful.

Intimacy that we are craving for cannot be met at the physical plane only nor at soulish level (of the mind, emotions, the will the conscience or identity of the soul). Our physical body is aware only of people and the world we live in and it's media, mentality, fashion, food, entertainment, news, career, etc. Our Soul is only self conscious of it's inner psychic noise of fear, shame, guilt and what it wants, knows, feels or determines.

The intimacy we were made for can only take place at the spiritual level. Where the depths of the Spirit of God calls out to the depths of the spirit of a person.

This is what Job was pleading for when he said "Even today is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning. Oh that I knew where I might find him! That I might come even to his seat! I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments. I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me. Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me. There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered forever" Job 23:2-7. Job wanted to be deeply known, deeply heard, deeply understood.

David yearned for this intimacy also in Psalm 42.7 when he said "deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts." The Hebrew word used here for "waterspouts" is "sinnor" which refers to a water shaft hollowed out of stone, a water tunnel. It describes water that flows through the water tunnel suddenly and quickly, creating a rushing sound of turbulent water.

For there to be that intimacy that we so deeply desire there must be first the drilling down through the stone of the physical world-consciousness, deeper still through the soulish self-conscious, until there is the breaking through to that spirit inside of us. Then and only then can the refreshing waters from the depths of God 's Person fill our thirsty soul, Psalm 42.1-2. This is that moment when His Spirit witnesses with our spirit that we belong, that we are not lost orphans but sons. This relationship and nearness that we experience in prayer is a nearness that is closer to us than our very soul, our very memory, and our very breath. We can hear His whispers, He has no need to shout for He is closer to us than we are to ourselves. This is true intimacy. This is the sum of all that we need.