Summary: Even when overwhelmed; the child of God can remember the Lord and call upon Him.
OUT OF THE DEPTHS; INTO THE DEPTHS
Text: Jonah 2:7
Introduction: We, as Jonah, may be tossed and battered by the sea of life. Unexplainable conditions, confusing situations, and apparent impossibilities tend to swallow us.
Theme: Even when overwhelmed; the child of God can remember the Lord and call upon Him--"Then Jonah prayed..." 2:1.
I. We Sometimes Faint.
A. (2:7a) "When my soul fainted [was overwhelmed]
B. life’s sucker punches
C. Lord’s sobering proceses
D. Lucifer’s sinister plans
E. illustration: Hee-Haw TV show: "Gloom, Despair,
Agony on me--Deep Dark Depression,
II. Even A Fainting Soul Can Remember God.
A. Jonah 2:7a, "...I remembered the Lord:..."
1. Jonah remembered the Lord.
2. Some Christians seem to have amnesia.
B. Jonah remembered.
C. Peter remarked, "..there is none other name
under heaven given among men, whereby we must
be saved [delivered](Acts 4:12).
D. Samson remembered and asked the Lord to
1. Judges 16:28 - "...Samson called [*] unto
the Lord, and said, O Lord God, remember
me, I pray thee, only this once, O God,
that I may be at once avenged of the
Philistines for my two eyes."
2. * called = summoned to help
3. His carnal eyes out; he could see what
really counted; i.e., a good relationship
E. We are to remember that the Lord
1. saves and delivers
2. strengthens (Isa. 41:10, 13)
a. our heavenly home
b. our victories
5. satisfies--Ps. 107:9, "For he satisfieth
[Heb. saba, satiate, have enough, abun-
dance],... and filleth the hungry soul with
III. The Prayer of a Fainting Soul Goes to the
A. 2:7b - "...and my prayer came to thee,
into thy holy temple."
B. Rev. 5:8
C. Our prayers are a sweet fragrance before
D. In the heavenly, holy temple there is-
2. presence (essence and shekinah of God)
a. God is able.
b. able to keep that which has been
commited unto Him (2 Tim. 1:12)
4. permance - He abides
a. in the calling
b. in the ship
c. in the great fish
d. in the sea
e. in the sermon and the witness
Conclusion: We have observed that we sometimes
faint/become overwhelmed in the
Christian walk. Even a fainting
soul can remember God. As with Jonah,
so with us, the prayer of a fainting
soul goes to the Holy Temple.
It is imperative to trust in the Lord
for encouragement, strength, and appro-
priate supply for every situation.
Our Lord will bring us out of the
depths of despair into the depths of