This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
[Psalm 103:12 NIV] 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
“Clear!”, “Again!” are the cries of the medic trying to shock a heart back into rhythm. Every medical show we have seen, at some point climaxes in the scene where the heart rate monitor flatlines and the “paddles” come out.
Here the psalmist is speaking to his innermost being about the limitless love of God. Like a shock to a spirit out of rhythm these declarations of who God is and what He has done are meant to rouse the Kings inmost being.
David recounts what God has done for him, and for his people. In verse 8 he recalls God’s great pronouncement of His Name. The LORD, merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy His heart begins to soar with praise as thinks about His limitless love. The highest point in the heavens (vs.11) isn’t high enough to define His mercy! David describes His love in the most scientifically accurate and incomprehensible way possible—as far as East is to West, He has removed our transgression from us! North and South meet, but East and West is an eternal expanse of grace.
Has this last year, month, week or day brought you to a place of spiritual cardiac arrest? Read this Psalm again and let the facts of who Christ is, and what He has done to rescue us and this world, revive your heart and renew your praise!