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)

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.”