WHILE sitting to-day by the fathomless ocean, gazing upon its boundless wonder and magnificence, its proud waves ceaselessly beating upon the shore, spending their fury there, and while gazing upward to the heavens, ninety-five millions of miles from the earth, the above words of Scripture presented themselves to our mind. We are lost in wonder and admiration at the infinite wisdom, power, glory and majesty of God. So incomprehensible is He that we ask with fear and trembling, Have we ever known anything of so wonderful a God? It is really no wonder that David, while viewing the handiwork of God said, “Deep calleth unto deep.” Surely the Lord made a grand and beautiful world for his creatures to dwell upon, together with every needful thing suited to the needs and necessities of each one. One week ago we were in the mountains of Delaware County, New York, and while viewing their grandeur and beauty, with the valleys, and sparkling streams dashing through them, we remarked to those present, You people are wonderfully blessed of the Lord to live in such a country as this. While there we thought nothing could more fully set forth the works of God in nature, nor set forth the security of the Jerusalem of our God. David, when viewing the mountains round about Jerusalem, said, As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so is the Lord round about his people henceforth and forever. All his works in nature, in some sense, declare his works in grace. As the mountains surrounded Jerusalem and protected it from the assaults of her many enemies, so the Lord guards, protects and keeps safely his kingdom, or church. He is also the glory in the midst. When we think of the unmeasurable distance between the fathomless ocean and the starry sky we can but say with David, “Deep calleth unto deep.” The sea calls upon the sun, moon and stars to behold it, so far beneath them with reference to distance, yet equal in manifestation of the power, wisdom and glory of God. The sun, moon and stars call upon the mighty ocean to behold them, each saying, Wondrous are thy works, Lord God Almighty. “Deep calleth unto deep.” How deep, unmeasurable, are the works of God; how strange are his dealings with mankind, yet how merciful how gracious. All nature is for man, and man for God. What a wonder! what a wonder! When all the powers of man fail to grasp the works of God in nature, how may any of us expect or hope to enter into the works of the Spirit? How often the children of God would fathom the heights and depths of the spirit world and enter into the hidden mysteries of the Almighty, but all our proud waves, thoughts and efforts are staid; no ascending unto the things reserved for them that love him, no going down into the buried things of wisdom. His glory he will not give to another. All must keep silence before him; all must know he is God. Many are the oceans in the experience of his people. Affliction, sorrow, loss and cares; all too “deep” for them to understand. Deep calls unto Deep, but there is no reply. Why does the Lord thus deal with me? is often the cry. Why am I so hindered? Why this anguish of soul? Why am I so far from God? Why am I beset with such horrible thoughts of wickedness? Why so tempted to give it all up and say, There is no God? How often in this way the very deeps of depraved nature are made known. How often the pains of hell get hold upon the Lord's people. Oh the depths of sin, who can tell? The sorrows of death who can tell? In the human heart are the very recesses of hell; the bottomless pit is there, and should the Lord deal with us according to the sins of our hearts, who could stand in his presence? Oh the unmeasurable deep of God's longsuffering, his loving-kindness, his tender mercy, his immutability. Faith is needed in this dark day where all light seems gone, the Lord having left his people to themselves, as it were, to show to them the hidden evils of nature, and the lengths men will go to satisfy self. The mystery of iniquity – the mystery of godliness - “Deep calleth unto deep.” From the beginning these two deeps have existed, and until time shall be no more deep will call unto deep. The infinite gulf between heaven and earth, between God and man, between righteousness and unrighteousness, between grace and works, law and gospel, is fixed by the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to the end that “Deep calleth unto deep.” The exaltation of God is revealed through the “deep” opposite to his character and godhead. When man transgressed the law of the Lord, sin, with all its blackness of death and condemnation, was manifest in the separation of man from God. That horrible condition continued until the law was fulfilled and justice satisfied by the atonement of Jesus, the Savior of sinners. Deep calling unto deep, God in his mercy, and in the person of his Son, reconciled the world unto himself, and in so doing removed the gulf between heaven and earth, bringing the new Jerusalem down to man; lifting man up through the righteousness of the Mediator between God and men. Here deep called unto deep. Justice and judgment are the habitation of his throne, heaven and earth have kissed each other, in that they have met through the salvation of man.
The above thoughts were written while at Ocean City, Maryland, the latter part of August, and while they man give food for thoughts to some of our readers, we fully realize that the thoughts are but a faint hint at the “deep,” unfathomable works of God, both in nature and grace. Knowledge of him and his mighty works is only in part here, language is inadequate to express even what little his children know; the glory, however, is in the Lord, there to abide until that which is in part is done away and that which is perfect appears, when we shall all see him face to face, and shall know as we are known. Until then “deep” will continue to call unto deep. - K
Elder E.H. Ker
Signs of the Times
Vol. 90, No. 19 – October 1, 1922