Words from the Heart for Friday July 28th, 2017
For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.
Psalm 103:11-12 (NLT)
From the East to the West
The fear of the Lord is once again part of our thoughts today . People feel absolutely hopeless if they do not know that the Lord can actually cleanse us from our sins. He removes them as far as the east is from the west. What a wonderful picture of the unfailing love of our Redeemer God.
Here are some interesting Canadian geographical highlights: Canada has a total area of almost 10 million square kilometers, making it the second largest county in the world after Russia. The land border between Canada and the USA is 8,890 kilometers, the longest international border in the world. Canada has 243,042 kilometers of coastline on three oceans, the longest coastline in the world. Our country as 891,163 square kilometers of fresh water, which is 20% of the world’s freshwater. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Canada was 63 °C in Snag Yukon on February 3, 1947. The longest distance in Canada from north to south is 4,634 kilometers from Cape Columbia on Ellesmere Island to Middle Island in Lake Erie. And from east to west, the longest distance is 5,514 kilometers from Cape Spear Newfoundland to the Yukon/Alaska border.
The God of the Old Testament is often perceived to be different from the God of the New Testament. In the New Testament, so the common misconception goes, God is portrayed as loving and kind, while in the Hebrew Scriptures He is perceived as being a tough judge. While God, in the Old Testament, does declare judgement upon individuals and nations, His love is often seen. In fact, in Psalm 103:11-12, we see God’s love written clearly. It says “For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.” David here is trying to describe the height and breadth of God’s love. He begins with the height. God’s love reaches to the heavens, he says. No one can measure the heavens. The people of Israel had no concept of how immense the universe is. We have a much better idea now, which makes this statement even more mind boggling. Then David goes on to say that God has removed our sins from us as far as the east is from the west. It is interesting that he uses east and west rather than north and south. We can measure the distance from north to south because there are the poles. There is no measure of east to west – it is eternal.
These have been words from the heart.