Read Psalm 103:11-12
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far he removes our transgressions from us. (NRSV)
One of the taken-for-granted features of TV technology is the ability to see things replayed. If we miss something once, instant replay can have us see it again—and again. This is very apparent in sports telecasts. A wonderful goal is scored and we marvel at it repeatedly. Then again, a terrible blunder is committed and we witness that repeatedly. Much to the embarrassment of the person committing the blunder.
Which causes us to be thankful that God isn’t like that. When we go astray, God doesn’t fiddle around in a replay booth and insist on showing us what we have done wrong again and again. He doesn’t dig out the episodes of our life we would rather forget and shove them in front of our faces, urging us to rub our noses in our transgressions.
As our text reminds us, he puts our sins behind us. He removes the guilt of them. Though not all the immediate consequences: sin has its effects but God does not push us away because of them. God does not consign us to endless replays of our wrongdoings. He urges us to turn from our wrongdoing and seek his help in doing so. He does not bear grudges or keep our offences stored up in his memory in order to bring us down a peg or two in the future.
He wants us to get up and get on with the game.