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Jonah 2:1-4 (17.08.22)

Jonah 2:1-4 (NIVUK)
1 From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. 2 He said:
‘In my distress I called to the Lord,
and he answered me.
From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,
and you listened to my cry.
3 You hurled me into the depths,
into the very heart of the seas,
and the currents swirled about me;
all your waves and breakers
swept over me.
4 I said, “I have been banished
from your sight;
yet I will look again
towards your holy temple.”

This prayer, written in the form of a Hebrew psalm, is full of emotion, a dash of honesty (although I can’t help but think Jonah has glossed over some of his failings a little), and a real sense of Jewish theology. Underpinning it is a deep-seated belief in God’s faithfulness to his people – despite the mess that he has got himself into, despite his disobedience and poor judgement, the Psalm expresses the belief that God will ultimately be there for him. For us, there is no better illustration of this faithfulness despite our faithlessness, than the Cross.

Thank you Father, Son and Spirit, that you act to cover our failings and weaknesses, and never let us down.

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