11For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
13Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
14For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
He Knows Us!
How high are the heavens? Man has gone beyond our atmosphere through the advancements we have made in space travel, but no space capsule has come near to the throne of God, nor will it ever do so. That is how the psalmist has measured the mercy of God toward His children.
Truly the mercy of God is more than we can comprehend. How can a righteous and holy God look down upon sinful and wicked man and show such undeserved mercy? Yet, Christ's payment for the sins of God's children is so complete that He has removed them as far as the east is from west. How far is that? They never meet! If you go west and travel all of the way around our world you will still be going west. That is not true of north and south, is it? If you continue going north you will eventually reach the top of the world and will found yourself going south.
As Christians it is true that we still struggle with our sins, for though they have been forgiven, they are certainly not gone while we are still alive on this earth. Yet, as we pity the feeble efforts of our children, especially when they are young, so does the Lord pity those who fear Him. He knows us, and He remembers that we are but dust.
As you ponders these truths today, I challenge you to live this day as though they are true! You see, we seem to find ourselves wallowing in the depths of our sin nature, believing that Satan still has power over us. Yet, we could not be farther from the truth. Christ, through His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension has defeated Satan. Satan no longer has control over the lives of the true saints of God.
I fear we have bought into the fairy tales of this world where we see the religious conquered and controlled by Satan, especially in films such as the Exorcist. However, they are only fairy tales! Satan would love to have Christians believe that he still controls them while they are alive on this earth. If you are a child of God, Satan has no power over you. Oh yes, our sin nature is still alive and well, but as we continually flee to Christ, we will find ourselves drawn more and more to Him, and our lives will become more and more Christlike in character.
As Christians we no longer serve the devil, but rather, we serve Christ. Go, then today, as servants of the Lord and live this day in a manner pleasing to Him. With a spring in your step and a song of praise upon your lips take some time today and ponder the message ringing out from Psalm 103. He knows us and He remembers that we are dust.
God Bless You,