Our Depths Broken Open – Day 58

by ggerhauser

God’s love begins to do its work by breaking up the depths of our heart. If the deep that was broken up on the second day had both a voice and emotions it may have sounded like the 42nd Psalm:

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

By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me—a prayer to the God of my life.

I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?”

My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, “Where is your God?”

Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God” (Psalm 42:7-11).

When God sheds abroad his love within our hearts it is delightful. But also the love of God can be profoundly disturbing. It breaks up what is comfortable and at rest. It disturbs our accustomed chaos. It brings separation. It not only gives us ecstatic joy but also can bring mournful groaning. The love of God shed abroad in our hearts leaves us completely different than the world that has not allowed God to overthrow their “order.” Just like the waters below were now dependent on the waters from above, the person that has been broken by the Father’s love is forever longing for heaven. They long for God’s rain of righteousness because they know if these rains do not fall their rivers will dry up. On the second day God makes the earth (the waters below) completely interdependent on the heavens. The Lord begins to create the first stage of the ecosystem.

Why this mourning? Why this longing? Because when we are saved this world is no longer our home. Yes, we live here, but also our hearts are in heaven.

Paul taught the Ephesians this aspect of their salvation:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ…God who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 1:3, 4-6, NKJV).

When we are saved our home is now with Christ in heaven. We long and even groan for this resting place. We even pray for it to be on earth. But we will not be satified until the fullness of God’s presence is with us and we are with him.

Prayer: Father, your love breaks open my depths just like you broke open the deep on the second day. That love causes me to long for something more, to long for you and your heavenly home. I want to be with you. Come, Lord Jesus!