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Day Eight: Outstretched Arms

“O God, You are my God; with deepest longing I will seek You; My soul [my life, my very self] thirsts for You, my flesh longs and sighs for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭63:1‬ (‭AMP)‬‬


There are many things in this world that crave for our attention. There are also many things we seek to fill the empty void we often experience through this journey of life. Some people look to drugs, alcohol, money, fame, status or love from fellow humans to fill their void. However this approach is commonly short lived and we find ourselves crying out for the same void to be filled. This often leaves us frustrated and stuck in a vicious cycle which produces weariness and heaviness upon our spirit. Everyone is looking for peace, joy and love which is lasting and satisfying. Although many sources claim to guarantee these three things only one man can provide this and His name is Jesus.

King David wrote this Psalm when he was in the wilderness of Judah either running away from the pursuit of King Saul or brief exile from the throne in the rebellion of Absaolm. Nonetheless, he found himself at a very low point in his life and instead of turning to other sources to fill the void of worry, fear and loneliness he acknowledges that only God can provide what his flesh and soul is craving. David expresses his desire and desperation for God’s presence in one of his most painful seasons. Are we able to demonstrate this level of desire when we feel rejected, defeated, or disappointed with the outcome of our situations?

As we stretch our arms out to our heavenly Father in our distress He will give us exactly what our soul longs for and that's His presence. God wants you to come to Him with an appetite that desires more of Him in your life. As you stretch out your arms today God is giving you peace, joy, rest and love which is unexplainable. Those whose arms are stretched out are those who get filled with His presence. Those who want more, get more! If you want more of God in your life, stretch your arms a little further and watch Him fulfil the desire of your soul.

Further study: John 4:7-15, Psalm 42:1-2 and Matthew 5:6

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