Written by Larry M. Jaynes:
He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
Contrary to popular thought (and fears), God never renders evil for our sins and mistakes. The word “iniquities” refers to our wrongdoing, either by ignorance or on purpose. If God ever had to deal with us based purely on our own goodness or behavior, then unfortunately not one of us would ever make it into heaven, or have the true graces of our God upon our lives. However, God is love and His desire is to bless us and care for our well-being. Sure, God instructs and encourages us how to be good and He certainly is blessed when we are. However, God’s love sees beyond our mistakes for God always looks at the heart of men and women. “. . . for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart” (I Samuel 16:7b).
For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
First, let us consider the word “fear.” Whenever the Bible uses the word fear in reference to our God it never means that we should be afraid of Him, rather it means to give Him our respect, to honor and cherish, to regard Him highly. So as we respect and give reverence to our God we will begin to realize the vastness of God’s divine mercy toward us. “Mercy” means the withholding of judgments, punishments, and deserved consequence. Our God is merciful and does not deal with us according to our sins or our iniquities. The chasm between heaven and earth is obviously vast, and this is the example God uses to show us how immense His mercy is toward us.
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
After reading verse eleven and noticing the vastness of God’s mercy toward us, Psalms 103:12 gives us a dimension which is totally immeasurable. For if you were to travel in a northerly direction starting from any place on earth it would be only a matter of time before you were traveling south (over the pole), and vice versa. However, God has removed our transgressions, our sins, as far as the east is from the west! Now, if you were to travel west, you will always be traveling west, and if you were traveling east, the same would be true. Now God says, “as far as the east is from the west” – this is beyond all human calculation, and this is God’s mercy upon our lives.
So, today as your journey continues with God, please take a moment and consider just how close God really is to your heart, and how much He really loves you.