If you experience great blessings in your life, it’s not because you did something right in the sight of God and earned it, but because of God’s goodness and mercy towards you. In this passage, the Psalmist invites us to know who this God is, and what privileges He gives in order to keep us safe through this journey of life. God not just gives us comfort and hope in difficult circumstances through His promises (that in itself is a privilege we receive which we don’t deserve), but He also journeys with us through life. That’s an unspeakable privilege for those who trust in the Lord.
What is the story of Jonah trying to teach us ultimately? It is teaching us about the Sovereignty of God and His compassion over nations, and even over Jonah. In this passage, Jonah is outraged by God’s compassion and mercy towards a rebellious nation who repents of her sins. Can a sinner like Jonah saved by grace dictate whether other people deserve God’s grace or not? Grace is undeserved favor from a Holy God. In this sermon, we see how God shows his kindness and mercy over Jonah even when he questions God’s sovereign grace over sinners.