"And they said one to another, did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?" - Luke xxiv. 32.
Ought not the disciples of Jesus to do now, as the disciples of
Jesus did then? What but of Jesus should we speak of by the way?
Methinks the Lord's people, and especially when coming from the Lord's
house, should be distinguished from the frothy conversation of mere
carnal worshippers. I would, by talking of Jesus, invite him to mingle
with us, and open to our understandings the scriptures. I would
therefore sometimes ask one and another, when returning from the house
or the table of the Lord, how went the matter with your soul to-day? I
pray you tell me; was the King at court? Did he receive petitions? Did
he answer prayers? Were you refreshed? were any healed? any comforted?
any made joyful in his house of prayer? Surely we might hope, by such
edifying inquiries, each would help his fellow. And he of whom it is
said the Lord hearkened and heard, when of old the people of God were
often talking one to another, would again draw nigh, and make the heart
burn with the sweet manifestations of his love. But chiefly, blessed
master! if I meet with none to ask whether they have seen the King in
his beauty, give me to taste of the sweet savour of thy grace myself.
Come to me, Lord, in the refreshing, strengthening, heartwarming,
soul-rejoicing manifestations of thy presence; for thy love is better
than wine, and the very crumb from under thy table is more delicious
than the honey and the honeycomb.