His Outstretched Arm

“To Him who… brought out Israel from among them, with a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm, for His mercy endures forever” (Ps. 136:10-12, NKJV).

“An outstretched arm”… Do you get a visual when you read that phrase? If God fills the entire universe, just how long is His arm? Can you picture Him leaning down out of heaven, sticking His arm into the affairs of humankind?

God’s outstretched arm is a picture of His mighty intervention in every matter that concerns us. This Psalm exalts the Lord’s unbreakable loyal love, and the way He works on our behalf as an outworking of that covenant commitment to us. In every single verse, it repeats the phrase,

“…for His mercy endures forever”!

…which comes to a total of twenty-six repetitions of this enduring, life-transforming, bedrock truth. Twenty-six! I don’t know about you, but when I repeat things to my kids, it’s because I really want them to get it. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten up to twenty-six repetitions of a matter though. I have a feeling our Daddy God really, really wants us to understand how passionately He is pulling for us, how unbreakable His love is for us, and how much of a sure thing is His intervention in our adversities.

No matter what you are going through today, your Savior’s arm is stretched out on your behalf. His power is at work in your circumstances. He has thrust His strong hand right into your affairs. Even when you can’t see it, He is working. He is working right now. He never stops working and warring on your behalf. Nothing in all of creation can separate you from His love, nor from the outworking of His love. Everything He does is an expression of His zealous covenant loyalty to you. He is intimately involved in everything that matters to you.

Truly, His personalized mercy – dynamically active specifically on your behalf – cannot be stopped. It will never, ever end. It endures forever. His arm will always be thrust into your affairs. His mighty hand will always work them out for your good.

Now here are a couple of magnificent rhetorical questions for you and me, right from the heart of our passionately loyal Father:

“Was my arm too short to deliver you?

    Do I lack the strength to rescue you?”

(Isa. 50:2, NIV).


Do you habitually take time to meditate on how enormous and mighty your God is? With the eyes of your heart, do you see Him as bigger than the challenges you face today?

12 thoughts on “His Outstretched Arm

    1. Aaaaamen, thank You Jesus with all my heart! And thank you, too, my sister. I couldn’t find a place to comment on your site, but I was really blessed by your devo “Finding HIs Strength.” Thank you for that too! 🙂

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  1. I love this! My granddaughter is 5 and has recently asked Jesus into her heart. She is beginning to understand just how far His reach extends and she asks me almost everyday how big God is. I have been telling her “big enough to hold everything”, but it is the size of His love that matters most. 💜 I understand her desire to figure Him out, but I also love that we can’t. I don’t want to serve a God who can be comprehended by my finite, human brain. I am so glad He is infinitely beyond what I can grasp! I get to enjoy learning and getting to know Him better everyday and He never ceases to amaze me. And then I get to meet Him! And then I get to spend eternity with Him! Happy, happy, joy, joy!!!

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    1. Awww how incredibly special that your grandbaby took that forever-transforming step! I am rejoicing with you for that! I can see Jesus’ big, happy smile of joy over her. Your conversations with her sound so, so precious too. Thank you so much for sharing this!


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