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The Ocean Floor by Ellen DiTrolio

September 16th, 2012

The Ocean Floor


“Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.”  Micah 7:18-19


When I was a freshman in college, my English professor would sing the old hymn “My Sins are blotted out I know.” As a relatively new Christian at that time, the words of the song reminded me of God’s grace and goodness in my life.  To this day, I am often reminded of the old song and profoundly moved at the greatness of God’s forgiveness towards us.


The hymn was written by Merrill Dunlop in 1927 while he was crossing the Atlantic on a liner called the “Leviathan”.  One day while meditating on Micah 7:18-19, contemplating on the breadth, height and depth of the ocean and on what the Bible has to say about how our sins are “buried in the depths, removed and blotted out”, Dunlop wrote the simple yet moving song in moments. Here are the words of the chorus to song:


“My sins are blotted out I know: My sins are blotted out I know! They are buried in the depths of the deepest sea: My sins are blotted out I know!”


Recently, while listening to the radio, I was brought to tears as I listened to the chorus of the song “Ocean Floor” written by Audio Adrenaline. Its message like that of Dunlop’s hymn is all about how God forgives and hides our sin on the ocean floor.


“You have forgotten about,

They will never find you

They’re on the ocean floor

Your sins are forgotten they are on the ocean floor

They’re on the bottom of the ocean floor

They are wiped away by a mighty, mighty wave

Your sins are erased and they are no more

They’re out on the ocean floor. Take them away, to return no more, take them away

To the ocean floor”


After listening to the song, I decided to do some investigation on the depth of the oceans of the world…mostly because I am a nerd!! What I found out was fascinating.  Did you know that oceans cover 71% of the earths surface, or 361 million square miles of ocean. While the average depth of the ocean floor is approximately four kilometers deep or almost three miles deep, the deepest point of the ocean is in the Mariana Trench, located in the Pacific Ocean, and has a depth of eleven kilometers deep or approximately six and a half miles deep. WOW!!


God sends our sin to a place so deep and forgotten, that it is a place completely unfriendly to human life. It gives new meaning to “that God so loved that He gave His only begotten son that we might have life.”


On the days when you feel unloved and unappreciated remember just how deep, how wide and how complete His love is for you. On the days when you are pursued by the lies of the enemy that your sin is too great to be forgiven, remember that your sins are blotted out, cast out, wiped away and forgotten by a Father who loves completely and unconditionally.


“Once your heart was black, but now what joy; your sins are blotted out, I know! I have a peace that nothing can destroy; your sins are blotted out, I know!!”


“Oh what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin.”

Romans 4:7-8