Heavens are Above the Earth,

For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So great is his loyal love toward those who fear him.
As far off as the sunrise is from the sunset,
So far off from us he has put our transgressions.
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“As the heavens are higher than the earth, his loving-kindness is superior toward those fearing him.”  When we look up at the night sky, we cannot fathom the great distance between the starry heavens and the earth. David thus impresses upon us the magnitude of Jehovah’s mercy, a facet of his loyal love. This mercy is for “those fearing” God—those who have “a humble, hearty reverence of his authority,” says one scholar.
“As far off as the sunrise is from the sunset, so far off from us he has put our transgressions.” Other translations say, “as far as the east is from the west.” How far is that? As far as we can imagine. One Bible reference work says: “Fly as far as the wing of imagination can bear you, and if you journey through space eastward, you are further from the west at every beat of your wing.” David here tells us that when God forgives our sins, he puts them as far away from us as we can possibly imagine.

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~ by DJ Camstar on 01/11/2014.

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