This chapter is written like some of the songs and poems that we ﬁnd in the book of Psalms. Speciﬁcally, it is written in the form of a ‘Thanksgiving Psalm.’ There are some common features to this kind of Hebrew poetry. A summary heading. What went wrong. How God helped. And a response of commitment. Four parts to this prayer of genuine thankfulness to God. This is Jonah remembering God – remembering that He’s there, remembering what He’s done, remembering to speak with Him.
Jonah is a story in the Bible that tells us that it won’t work. You can’t outrun God. You can’t hide from Him. Jonah teaches us that if you realise God is there and He has spoken, you can only say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to Him. And as long as you say ‘no,’ you will always be running and hiding from Him.