The Contemplative Companion

The Contemplative Companion for Monday, May 8, 2017

Deep calls to deep at the thunder of your silence; all your waves and your billows have gone over me. By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life. – Psalm 42.7 – 8

Perhaps this passage, along with Psalm 46.10 are the anthems of the contemplative life.

Depth. It is the quintessence of the spiritual journey: ever deeper into God’s light, life and love.

The divine depth calls to my depth within. And my inner depth calls to the divine depth. It is easy to ponder if they are the same. Depth calls me out of my fears, beyond my falseness, into a less constricted expression of being, a more real being in relationship. A profound inner joy.

Many translate verse seven: deep calls to deep at the thunder of your cataracts – or waterfalls. But for me, the essence of this kind of roar is actually the roar of silence. A silence that encompasses me. Over-covers me. Hides me back into depth.

And the divine song that is within is a song of silence – that moves towards words of wisdom and declarations of praise: all glory be to God! 

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