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13 Jun

Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and do not forget all his benefits—
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the Pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good as long as you live
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The LORD works vindication
and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
his acts to the people of Israel.
The LORD is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far he removes our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion for his children,
so the LORD has compassion for those who fear him.
(Psalm 103:1-13, NRSV)

God has removed our sin from us.

He has forgiven us, and will continue to forgive us.

There is nothing we can do that can not be forgiven.

For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love towards those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far he removes our transgressions from us!

As far as the east is from the west! I love this, because we just don’t really see how far that is. Mark Hall of Casting Crowns explains it in the teaching video for the song East to West.

You see if you look at the directions on the compass and then you start going north, at some point you will reach the north pole and then you will be going south. You can go south until you reach the south pole and then you will start going north again. There is only so far you can go north or south until you go the other direction. But if you go east, you will never start going west. Or if you go west you will never start going east. Unless you turn around and go the other direction!

God has removed your sins from you as far as the east is fromt he west! And He lost them in the sea of forgetfulness!

God’s forgivenenss is nothing we can comprehend. He loves you more then we can know.

As far as the east is from the west!

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