Most everywhere I have worked in the past 15 years or so, has had surveillance cameras – banks, jewelry stores, health clubs/spas, even fast food restaurants. So, I have gotten accustomed to being watched. I work hard and really try to do my best so it does not usually bother me. There have been times when something has happened like the phone ringing when the owner is not there or them coming out and saying something or doing something that made it obvious that they had been watching. At only one place, years ago, was I ever really bothered by this – and the reason was that the owner would just pounce without questions or explanation if he/she thought we were not doing what we ought to be doing.
Are We Being Watched?
Yes, we are being watched. Have you ever thought about God as a big, mean, kind of magical giant who is always watching and waiting to pounce on you when you mess up? Like, “If He hasn’t yet He will any minute”. We are being watched, but by a merciful loving God who gives us chance after chance to come to Him.
God is holy, that is for sure. That means He is perfect and sinless, to the point that He cannot even have sin near Him, under normal circumstances. The work Jesus did on this earth, by dying on the cross and paying for our sins, washed those who believe in His perfect sinless blood. Since He did this, we are able to be near God because, as Christians, spiritually we are covered in Jesus’s blood. Jesus Christ reconciled us back to Himself and the Father and the Holy Spirit – One God – 3 in 1.
Psalm 103:9-12 NIV
“He will not always accuse nor will He harbor His anger forever; He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”
We are looking more at who God is today and how He does things. I hope you are reading this entire chapter thoughtfully at least once a day while we are studying it. It really tells us a lot about God’s character.
Let’s go to Verse 9 now:
“He will not always accuse, nor will He harbor His anger forever;”
Because we have all sinned in this life, we are at odds with God from day 1. We are deserving of His accusations and His anger. (One day we will get into how that works.) But, right here His Word says that He will not always be angry and be accusing… who? We will find out in Verse 11.
Now Verse 10:
“…He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.”
What kind of treatment do we deserve because of our sin? According to Romans 6:23, the payment for sin is death.
We can try to justify this and say, “I am not as bad as some people. I have never killed anyone or robbed a bank.” Where that reasoning falls short is in the fact that the standard we are judged by is not other people, but the standard is God Himself.
At work, when I take a chain in to be repaired I measure it. I do not guess how long it is. I measure it against a ruler that is on the edge of the counter. That ruler is my standard for measuring chains.
Like that ruler is for the chain, God, Himself, is the standard we are measured by.
All that being said, this is saying that He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities (another word for sin).
But who is the psalmist talking about???
“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him;”
There it is!! For those who fear Him! That is who all this applies to. Not every person who has ever lived gets this wonderful beautiful merciful treatment. It is for those who fear Him.
His love for those who fear Him cannot be measured. It is as high as the heavens are above the earth! That is HUGE!! His love is extreme!!
“…as far as the east is from the west, so far He has removed our transgressions from us.”
Another extreme: He takes our sins and separates us and Him from them – as far as the east is from the west.
When we live a life of loving Him and knowing that He is God and we are not; when we know that He loves us and it is in our best interest to obey Him; and when we want His will above all else – we are living life out fearing the Lord. He is not our buddy or our pal. He is God. As believers, we must take Him and our relationship with Him seriously. When we do that, He will make His love evident, even obvious, to us.
How Far Does His Love Go?
My dear friend, His love is so great and so worth whatever we have to give up! His love is the absolute greatest thing in life!
May we all experience the fullness of His love even as we go into this day! I love you and I am praying for you!
How far does His love go? It went all the way to the cross for you and for me. It is as high as the heavens above the earth!
Thank You, Lord, for Your beautiful Word and Your beautiful love. I thank You for bringing us together again today, to share in it! Lord, please help us to seek You and strive to know You well and to glorify You with our lives. Please make us completely Yours. In Jesus lovely name, I pray. Amen.
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