Jonah 2* The prayer of Jonah. (1-9) He is delivered from the fish. (10)1-9 Observe when Jonah prayed. When he was in trouble, underthe tokens of God's displeasure against him for sin: when we arein affliction we must pray. Being kept alive by miracle, heprayed. A sense of God's good-will to us, notwithstanding ouroffences, opens the lips in prayer, which were closed with thedread of wrath. Also, where he prayed; in the belly of the fish.No place is amiss for prayer. Men may shut us from communionwith one another, but not from communion with God. To whom heprayed; to the Lord his God. This encourages even backsliders toreturn. What his prayer was. This seems to relate his experienceand reflections, then and afterwards, rather than to be the formor substance of his prayer. Jonah reflects on the earnestness ofhis prayer, and God's readiness to hear and answer. If we wouldget good by our troubles, we must notice the hand of God inthem. He had wickedly fled from the presence of the Lord, whomight justly take his Holy Spirit from him, never to visit himmore. Those only are miserable, whom God will no longer own andfavour. But though he was perplexed, yet not in despair. Jonahreflects on the favour of God to him, when he sought to God, andtrusted in him in his distress. He warns others, and tells themto keep close to God. Those who forsake their own duty, forsaketheir own mercy; those who run away from the work of their placeand day, run away from the comfort of it. As far as a believercopies those who observe lying vanities, he forsakes his ownmercy, and lives below his privileges. But Jonah's experienceencourages others, in all ages, to trust in God, as the God ofsalvation. 10 Jonah's deliverance may be considered as an instance ofGod's power over all the creatures. As an instance of God'smercy to a poor penitent, who in distress prays to him: and as atype and figure of Christ's resurrection. Amidst all our varyingexperiences, and the changing scenes of life; we should look byfaith, fixedly, upon our once suffering and dying, but now risenand ascended Redeemer. Let us confess our sins, considerChrist's resurrection as an earnest of our own, and thankfullyreceive every temporal and spiritual deliverance, as the pledgeof our eternal redemption.
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