“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:
(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?