For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Psalm 103:11–12

David was neither an astronomer nor a geographer, but he was certainly inspired by the Holy Spirit. Searching for some standard of measurement to express the magnitude of God’s love, he compares it to the height of the heavens.Today we are in a better position to grasp the significance of these words than David was when he wrote them. Astronomers have told us about countless millions of galaxies, all far greater than the galaxy of which our sun is a part.

The facts they have given are such that no human intellect can remotely comprehend them. So it is with the love of God. Over and above that which our finite minds can absorb, there remains a vastness beyond our power to imagine.

David goes on to picture the way God deals with our guilt: “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” How thankful we should be that David did not use as his standard the distance from north to south! That is a finite, measurable distance. But the distance from east to west is infinite. No matter how far eastward we may go, there is still just as far to go as when we started. If we reverse our direction and go westward, the same is true. That is how God deals with our guilt once He has forgiven us. He removes it so far from us that we can never again come near it.

How foolish it would be on our part, then, to be troubled or condemned by what God Himself has placed forever beyond our reach!

Faith’s Response:

I accept God’s love in all its vastness and His forgiveness in all its totality.

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