Deeper Than the Ocean

“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love towards those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. From everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear Him.”
(Psalm 103:11-12,17 NIV)

Dear ones do you see a common theme running through these verses? How high is the heavens from the earth? How far does the east go from the west? Can our minds even conceive what from everlasting is to everlasting? It reminds me of a song the children sing in church: “Deep and wide, deep and wide…”

We cannot measure God’s love. The most exacting formula cannot bring numbers to it. The newly refurbished Hubble Telescope sees thousands of light years away, but it has not found the end to space. We don’t have any idea how high the heavens are above the earth!

He removed our transgressions as far as the east is to the west. There is no point where we can say, “OK, we we have found the end of east.” There is no wall that marks off the end of west. And from everlasting to everlasting? What is an everlasting? Where can one find even one end of everlasting as a point to work from?

Totally confused now? God’s love is bigger, deeper, higher, wider, than our human minds can conceive or comprehend.

What a comfort these verses are! When we have pain, when our bodies are so sore we ache to move, it can be very frightening. We can feel vulnerable. But we can never be brought to a place by our illnesses that God is not. We can never, ever be moved from His love. God is that big, that powerful, and yet He holds us carefully in the palm of His hand.

“The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace.” (Psalm 29:11 NIV)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sandra Platt is a Pastor’s wife and mother of two college kids. She has had Fibromyalgia for 18 years and recently has been diagnosed with MS. She is learning to make peace with her wheelchair. Her life verse is from Psalm 19:14, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

3 thoughts on “Deeper Than the Ocean

  1. Hello Sandra,
    I just wanted you to know what a blessing your devotional was today. I remember well the little son “Deep and Wide”. And what it is reading those verses and knowing no matter where or what is in our lives, God is always with us. What peace He does bring to us.
    Thank you for sharing these special verses and your writing. Just what I needed today!!

    God Bless!
    Margie

  2. Hi Sandra!
    This is where I think the word “awesome”, so commonly used nowadays, truly belongs!

    Your devotional reminds me of another children’s song, “My God is so big, so strong and so mighty/ There’s nothing my God cannot do.” I may not have the words all right, but the message is there.

    Thanks for the reminder of God’s greatness, forgiveness and love. I pray I’ll remember these truths the next time I’m in a situation that overwhelms me. Nothing is too much for Him.

    I’m so grateful for people like you, Sandra, who are willing to write to encourage us. God bless you!

    Beth

  3. Hi Sandy – I love the reminders in your writing. Sometimes it is easy for me to be so hard on myself – more harsh than God would ever be.

    I have a fondness for the ocean and when I have a chance to be there, I get myself into perspective with the Lord – His grandeur. I have known times when there in its majesty, I let the waves take out my cares and concerns – never to be seen again.

    Your devotional helps me know I need but go to God and let Him be “deeper than that ocean” for me.

    Thanks –
    Lynn

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