“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
Years ago, our family traveled to Paris and visited the Eiffel Tower. From the lookout at the top, we could see the city stretched out before us. The cars looked like toys; the people like ants.
Yet, when we looked upward, we felt no closer to the sky or clouds than when we were on the ground. From that vantage point, we gained a clearer perspective of just how miniscule we are compared to the enormity of the heavens.
The psalmist David describes God’s love for His children being as immense as the heavens are vast. Author Frederick M. Lehman described God’s love in a similar way in his well-known hymn:
Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made…
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.
As the psalmist reflected on God’s love, he looked ahead towards a future savior as an expression of that love; we can rejoice, knowing that Jesus Christ is that savior, and that He paid the debt we owed for our sins.
If you are God’s child, you can live in light of His merciful, unconditional love. You have been freed from sin’s burden of guilt and shame. Know that as infinitely far as the east is from the west is how far your wrong doings are from you.
God, Your love is amazing! Thank You for revealing Your love to me through creation, through Your Word, and through Jesus. Thank You for lifting the burden of sin off of me. Help me to continue to trust You and obey Your Word as an expression of my love for You. Amen.
Look up into the sky. Praise and thank God for His immeasurable love for you. No matter your circumstances, ask Him to help you live in light of His love today.