A Study of Psalm 103:11-12

“For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us.”
(Psalm 103:11-12)

To the ancient Hebrew the distance from east to west and “the depths of the sea” represented infinity.

God’s forgiveness of our sins in and by the Lord Jesus Christ is infinite. He took away our sins to the farthest reaches of eternal infinity. This is how glorious, powerful, and valuable the blood of Christ shed on the cross is for all for whom He died, was buried, and rose again, all who believe on Him. Christ’s blood resulted in the righteousness by which God justifies all His people.

Justification by His grace in Christ results in spiritual and eternal life by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:18). So the fact that He took away all the sins of all His sheep to the farthest reaches of eternal infinity results in bringing all His sheep into the closest communion with the Godhead through Him. Let us never take these great truths for granted, but let us enjoy them in worship, growth, and fellowship.

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