mercy [checed], O LORD [Y@hovah], is in
the heavens [shamayim]; and thy faithfulness ['emuwnah] reacheth unto the clouds [shachaq]. KJV-Interlinear
steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the
Now, the mood changes from the evil character of the wicked, to the wonderful character of God.
Mercy is grace in action. It is the first of several characteristics displayed by God toward man.
The second, is faithfulness. This is the steadfast reliability, security, stability that is within God, on which man can place his complete trust.
As high as the heavens, is a reference to the highest of the high. In other words, as high as high goes, however far that is, that is the extent of Gods mercy. Into the sky, into the heavens, into the far reaches beyond sight. Whether you look with the unaided eye, or through some powerful telescope or device, Gods mercy exists far beyond the distance that can be seen.
This is the highest of the high. This is the exaltation to the maximum degree. This is the greatest that man can conceive and far beyond that.
As high as the clouds, refers the same sentiment. The clouds are much nearer and can be seen with far greater accuracy, but they are still beyond the heights of the trees, beyond the heights of the hills, beyond the heights of the mountains. And yet, the clouds provide a form of interaction with man, through their beauty, through their shade, through their weather patterns and so forth.
So, Gods mercy, or the active provision of blessings, and Gods reliability, provide humanity the greatest of assurances for life and in death and in the beyond, both directly in the personal relationship and indirectly in the general sense of history and life.
And to this we can look and learn and understand, that we are in the very best of possible hands and care, regardless of our circumstances.