Posted by: Pauline | April 28, 2014

Scriptures for Sunday May 4

Note: Scripture passages subject to change by guest speaker

Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19

There are some churches that have a regular practice of “testimony” time, when people publicly praise God for what He has done in their lives. This psalm seems to be that kind of public thanksgiving to God for answered prayer at a time of great trial.

People who find themselves in terrible trouble sometimes promise greater devotion to God if He will get them out of whatever trouble they are in. But often, once the trouble is over, they forget.

The psalmist, on the other hand, can hardly think of anything but how wonderful God is. The psalmist also is so intent on publicly calling on God and paying “vows to the Lord” that these lines are repeated just a few verses later.

Luke 24:13-35

One can only guess at the mood of these two followers of Jesus as they walked along discussing recent events. We’re told they are sad. Were they also fearful? Despairing? Angry? Confused? Probably all of those emotions to some extent. And so they talked about it, trying to make sense out of the apparent wreck of their hopes.

Then a stranger came along and started explaining to them how it all did make sense. Perhaps not right away, but later, when they realized who exactly had been their traveling companion, and they realized another emotion they had experienced as he spoke along the way. It is not clear exactly what they meant about their “hearts burning” when Jesus talked to them, but to them it was corroborating evidence that it had indeed been Jesus with them.

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