Jonah 2:8–10 (NKJV)
8 “Those who regard worthless idols
Forsake their own Mercy.
9 But I will sacrifice to You
With the voice of thanksgiving;
I will pay what I have vowed.
Salvation is of the LORD.”
In his fleeting moments of life, Jonah cried unto the Lord with a confession of the futility of idolatry, perhaps even his own form of idolatry where he thought he was God and could refuse the Lord’s commands. He then vows to sacrifice to God with thanksgiving and pay his debt to the Lord. Finally, he acknowledges the Lordship of Yahweh as the source of salvation. This is a picture of Jonah’s repentance and willingness to obey. As the reader will notice later, he still did not agree with the Lord giving Ninevah an opportunity to repent, but her does repent for his disobedience.
10 So the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
Once Jonah recognized the Lord as Lord again, the Lord delivered him from the fish. The language is rather graphic, as it says that the fished vomited him out. However, that is a picture of repentance. Once a person accepts Christ, for instance, the Bible describes the act as old things passing away and all things becoming new. It is as if the world and sin vomit the new believer out of that existence. Deliverance may come in many forms, but the telling characteristic is the radical change of location and status. Deliverance takes you from the place of death and puts you in a place of life. Deliverance changes you from a slave to a free man or woman. Rejoice in deliverance!