Man has gone far into outer space and found ways to measure the distance from the earth to heavenly bodies that are far, far away. But man cannot tell us how far space extends beyond the farthest star that he has measured. Much less can he measure God's mercy. It is as big as God is; and He is infinite. Never is it possible that the church will run out of mercy from God. Nowhere can we go and be cut off from it. As David states it in Psalm 103:11: "For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him."
This mercy is so great because, "As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us" (verse 12). Consider the fact that you can go eastward as far as you want; but you will not get one step closer to the west. The earth is a globe, so that if you travel eastward you will always be facing eastward no matter how far you go. So it is also that you will never reach a point where you will again come in contact with your sins that God took away by the blood of His Son, Christ our Savior.
Well may we daily sing these words of our versification:
As heaven is high above the earth,
So great His mercy proves;
As far from us as east from west
He all our sin removes.
It is for that reason that we can be so sure that we are redeemed from destruction, and that all the benefits David listed in the first part of this Psalm are everlastingly ours in Christ. Because we can never reach these sins, which He took off our backs, and no one else can find them and attach them to us once again, we can be sure of the immeasurable mercy of God being upon us everlastingly.
Remember that truth when you get aches and pains, bereavements and persecutions, losses and disappointments. God's mercy is still there. These do not come as punishment upon your sins. That lofty mercy is polishing you, working all things together for your good so that you may be lifted to a glory you can never measure. Bless God's name for that truth and comfort.
Read: II Corinthians 4
Psalter versification: 277:8
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Meditations on the Heidelberg Catechism
Song for Meditation: Psalter number 428
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Through the Bible in One Year
Isaiah 51; Isaiah 52; Isaiah 53:1-12
Quote for Reflection
Christian Warfare: “Believers are plainly taught to use active personal exertion, and are addressed as responsible for doing energetically what Christ would have them do, and are not told to 'yield themselves' up as passive agents and sit still, but to arise and work. A holy violence, a conflict, a warfare, a fight, a soldier's life, a wrestling, are spoken of as characteristic of the true Christian." -J. Ryle