18262. IF YOU HAVE EVER BEEN TO A BEACH, YOU WILL HEAR THE ROARING NOISE OF THE WAVES 🌊🌊🌊 AS IT SPLASHES AGAINST THE SAND.
THE NOISE WE “HEAR” AT THE SEASHORE CAME FROM THE DEPTH 🌊🌊🌊 OF THE DEEP WATERS 💦 💦 💦. THE MANIFESTATIONS WE SEE AND HEAR AT THE SEASHORE ARE PRODUCTS OF DEEP COMMUNION FROM THE DEPTHS 🌊🌊🌊 OF THE OCEAN.
WE HAVE WAITED TOO LONG AT THE SEASHORES OF LIFE LOOKING FOR SIGNS AND WONDERS FROM THE DEEP (PSALM 107:24). WE HAVE BEEN SPECTATORS IN THE MARKET AND MOVIE OF LIFE FOR TOO LONG. WE HAVE DREADED PLUNGING INTO THE DEEP🌊🌊🌊 WATERS 💦 💦 💦. WE WANTED WHALE 🐳 🐳 🐳 TESTIMONIES, BUT WE KEEP STANDING BY THE SHALLOW WATERS 💦 💦 💦 OF THE SEASHORES AND BEACHES 🏖 🏖 🏖 OF LIFE.
THEN, ONE DAY, MANY YEARS AGO, SOMETIMES AROUND 1996, I AM NOT SURE OF THE EXACT YEAR NOW, I WAS WEARIED AND CAME TO MY POINT OF HELPLESSNESS AND HOPELESSNESS. I WAS AT MY WITS END PSALM 107:27 WAS PLAYING OUT IN MY LIFE, AND I WAS STAGGERING LIKE A DRUNKARD BATTERED AND BEATEN BY FAILURE AND FRUSTRATION. (I DON’T KNOW IF YOU HAVE EVER COME TO THAT KIND OF SITUATION IN YOUR LIFE JOURNEY).
I HAD GOODS WORTH MILLIONS IN MY WAREHOUSE, I COULD NOT FIND ANY BUYER. I WAS HUNGRY, FAMISHED AND TATTERED LIKE A VAGABOND. HOW CAN I HAVE GOODS WORTH MILLIONS AND, I WAS LIKE A BEGGAR! I TRAVELLED AND WENT EVERYWHERE FOR SEVERAL MONTHS, MARKETING MY MULTIMILLION GOODS, BUT CAN’T FIND ANY BUYER? I COLLAPSED INTO HOPELESSNESS, WEARINESS, AND HELPLESSNESS.
I WEPT SECRETLY IN MY SOUL. I CRIED UNTO GOD WITH A DEFIANT AND ANGRY VOICE TO SHOW ME THE SECRET OF ESCAPE FROM POVERTY AND FAILURE INTO GREATNESS AND ENRICHMENT. I WASN’T EXPECTING HIM TO ANSWER ME BECAUSE I HAD REPENTED, PRAYED AND FASTED SEVERAL WEEKS, I HAD READ MY BIBLE AND HE HADN’T ANSWERED ME. SO, I WASN’T EXPECTING HIM TO ANSWER.
THEN, IN THE SERENITY OF MY SORROWS, I HEARD THE COOL, CALM, CONFIDENT, AND SEDATE VOICE OF GOD. HE SAID: “SON, GO TO DAVID …”
I WAS JOLTED BY THE CURRENT AND ELECTRICITY ⚡ ⚡ ⚡ OF HIS VOICE. I LOOKED AROUND AND BEHIND ME AS IF EXPECTING TO FIND A PHYSICAL PERSON SPEAKING TO ME. I FOUND NONE. THEN, I KNEW IMMEDIATELY THAT IT WAS GOD SPEAKING TO ME BY HIS HOLY SPIRIT.
SO, I ASKED HIM: ” WHICH DAVID? WHERE?”
WHAT HE SAID NEXT SHOCKED 😲 ME. I HAD THOUGHT HE WOULD DESCRIBE THE DAVID OR GIVE ME HIS FULL NAME AND TELL ME THE ADDRESS WHERE I COULD MEET THE DAVID, OR THAT THE DAVID WILL PAY MILLIONS TO BUY MY MULTIMILLION GOODS. THAT’S HOW MANY OF US THINK. THAT’S HOW MANY OF US EXPECT GOD TO MEET OUR DESPERATE NEEDS, BUT GOD’S WAYS ARE NOT OUR WAYS. HIS THOUGHTS 💭 💭 💭 ARE NOT OUR THOUGHTS 💭 💭 💭
HE REPLIED SAYING: “LEARN FROM DAVID HOW HE PANTETH FOR ME LIKE A DEER… “
IMMEDIATELY, I KNEW GOD WAS ASKING ME TO GO INTO HIS WORD. I KNEW THERE WAS A PSALM THAT SAYS: “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God….”
I STARTED SEARCHING THROUGH THE BOOK OF PSALMS FOR THAT SCRIPTURE. OOOOHHHH WHAT A JOY, I FOUND IT IN PSALM 42, AND I KNEW GOD WANTED TO SPEAK TO ME THROUGH THAT SCRIPTURE. SO, I DIDN’T JUST GO TO DAVID AS HE INSTRUCTED ME, I DIVED AND PLUNGED INTO DAVID AND SWAM 🏊 🏊 🏊 THROUGH THE DEEP WATERS 💦 💦 💦 OF PSALM 42
1. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
2. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?
3. My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?
4. When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.
5. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.
6. O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar.
7. Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.
8. Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.
9. I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
10. As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?
11. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
WHEN WE MEET ON ZOOM AT MIDWEEK SERVICE LATER TODAY IN THE EVENING, BY 6PM 🕕 (WAT). I WILL SHARE THE SECRET OF DEEP WATERS 💦 💦 💦 THAT BRINGS GREAT ENRICHMENTS.
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