Deep Calls to Deep

By The Spark & Echo Band Psalms 42:1–2, Psalms 42:4–11

"Deep Calls to Deep" by composer Jonathon Roberts and performed by the Spark+Echo Band is a beautiful response to Psalm 42.

Deep Calls to Deep 
Psalm 42 
Written for Pastor Bob Hochmuth, on his retirement 

As the deer pants for water 
so my soul thirsts for you. 
My tears are my food, day and night, 
while all I hear is 
where, where is your God? 
These things I remember, as I pour out my soul; 
how I used to lead the multitudes in the house of God, 
Oh, with shouts of joy, what a festive throng 

Why are you down, oh my soul? 
Why so disturbed within me? 

My soul is down, but I remember the heights and rivers 
where deep calls to deep, 
and all your waves sweep over me. 
By day it’s love and at night a song. 
I pray to God my rock, why have you forgotten me? 
Why must I go on mourning oppressed by the enemies? 
Oh, my bones in agony and all I hear is: 
Where is your God? 

Why are you down, oh my soul? 
Why so disturbed within me? 

I will praise my Savior and my God 
With hope for my soul. 
I will praise my savior and my God.

Music and Lyrics
Jonathon Roberts
Jonathon Roberts accordion, voice, percussion; Emily Clare Zempel guitar, voice; Jay Foote, bass
Alex Foote
Christopher Colbert


Psalms 42:1–2

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?

Psalms 42:4–11

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.

The Spark & Echo Band

The Spark & Echo Band

From the Artist

“Deep Calls to Deep” is a song inspired by Psalm 42. It was commissioned in honor of Rev. Robert Hochmuth’s 63 years of ministry, celebrated at Apostles Lutheran in San Jose, CA, on January 29, 2012. This tribute was made possible by Rev. Hochmuth’s family.


The Spark & Echo Band is a family outfit of songwriting-storytellers led by husband and wife duo Jonathon Roberts and Emily Clare Zempel. Their music brings forgotten poetry and wild stories from the Bible to life: visions of sparkling wheels in the sky, hunger and thirst, and legends of love as strong as death weave with memorable melodies and captivating rhythms. Drawing from a classical background, influenced by the pianism of Rufus Wainwright and Ben Folds, and emulating Paul Simon’s narratival techniques, Spark & Echo sings epic tales of love and adventure.

The duo has collaborated on three full lengths albums (Spark&Echo, Inheritance, Cities Project), one video album (In the Clocktower), in addition to many theatrical collaborations, this very nonprofit, and two children. They live in beautiful Beacon, New York, with all of the above.


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