My Musings – This verse is not meant to be taken as hyperbole (exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally). Just the opposite, and more. How does one explain the infinite love and forgiveness of God? There is nothing literal that can adequately capture it. So you go beyond the literal, pushing on to the outer “limits”
“To infinity and beyond!” (Buzz Lightyear). To those who had not yet experienced flight, much less space travel, the heavens were something beyond the grasp of early man. Today, having actually reached out into space, and seen into deep space with instruments like the Hubble telescope, the depths of the heavens are still far beyond our grasp. If all space, time and matter came into being at the Big Bang (“And God Said…and it was so.”), and the “universe” is ever-expanding, does this mean there is an outer-edge to it? If so, then you would have reached infinity, and the limits of God’s love still reaches beyond. “Whoa, this is heavy!” (Marty McFly).
“Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.” (Rudyard Kipling). This one, early man could possibly grasp. If you travel West (or East), you can travel on forever and never reach the East (or West). The twain will never meet. You may turn around, and there it is, but that is called repentance (if turning away from sin) or backsliding (if turning back to sin). But forgiveness means never being under sin’s penalty ever again. The Psalmist did not say as far as the north is from the south. If you travel North (or South), eventually you reach a point where your direction changes and you begin to travel South (or North), without ever turning around. This would have never captured the magnitude of God’s forgiveness. “Heavy!”
My Advice – If you have not already done so, “Go West, young man!” (John B. L. Soule). Take a trip “to infinity and beyond.” How’s that for mixing metaphors?
If have already done so, do not turn around, do not even look back. “We ought not to look back, unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors and for the purpose of profiting by dear bought experience.” (George Washington). Keep heading to the outer limits (situated farther out). Because when you think you have reached the limits of God’s love and forgiveness, there is even more “situated farther out.”