is from the Lord" (Jonah 2:9). Salvation comes first, then there is
service. Before his prayer "from inside the fish" (Jonah 2:1), Jonah was
running away from God. He wasn't serving God. Before we can do
something for God - serving Him, He must do something for us: He must
save us. Jonah's prayer comes from "out of the depths" (Psalm 130:1). In
the depths, he finds that "there is forgiveness with God" (Psalm
130:4). With God's forgiveness comes hope for the future (Psalm
130:5,7). This hope comes from God's "faithful love" and His "abundant
redemption" (Psalm 130:7).
Jonah's experience was a physical
deliverance. He should have been dead. He remained alive. There was more
than that. The man who came out of the fish was different from the man
who was swallowed by the fish. He had been disobedient. Now, he was
obedient - and blessed.
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