Psalm 103 was written over 2,000 years ago by King David. What did he write that is incredibly important to us still today?
David was a man after God's own heart, but he was also a man who knew sin and grace and forgiveness. Even though David served God faithfully much of his life, he also fell into temptation and committed adultery and murder. Yet even then, when he truly turned and asked God's forgiveness, he found God's mercy and grace.
In Psalm 103, David writes, "The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy." He then goes on to say, "He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities."
God's mercy is wonderful! In Jesus Christ God forgives our sins when we turn to Him. Here is the verse that describes what happens then:
"... as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us."
Think of how wonderful that is! As far as the east is from the west -- which basically means they never meet -- that is how far God has removed our sins from us. God has mercy on us and He cleanses us totally from our sins when we truly turn to Him and receive the wonderful gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God!