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Lastly, by every method in your power, and in every possible case, support the laws of your country. In a contest for liberty, think what a crime it would be, to suffer one Freeman to be insulted, or wantonly injured in his liberty, so far as by your means it may be prevented. Thus animated and thus acting—We may then sing with the prophet— “Fear not, O land! be glad and rejoice, for the Lord will do great things. Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field, for the pastures of the wilderness do spring—The tree beareth her fruit—the fig-tree and the vine yield their fruit.” Thus animated and thus acting—we may likewise pray with the prophet— “O Lord be gracious unto us—we have waited for thee. Be thou our arm every morning, our salvation also in time of trouble. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we will remember the name of the Lord our God—O thou hope of Israel, the Saviour thereof in time of need—thou art in the midst of us and we are called by thy name—Leave us not. Give us one heart and one way, that we may fear thee forever, for the good of ourselves and our children after us—We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, but behold we are in trouble—Yet will we trust in the Lord forever; for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength—He will yet bind up the broken-hearted, and comfort those that mourn”—even so, oh our God do thou comfort and relieve them, that so the bones which thou hast broken may yet rejoice. Inspire us with a high and commanding sense of the value of our constitutional rights! may a spirit of wisdom and virtue be poured down upon us all; and may our representatives, those who are delegated to devise and appointed to execute public measures, be directed to such, as thou in thy sovereign goodness shall be pleased to render effectual for the salvation of a great empire, and re-uniting all its members in one sacred bond of harmony and public happiness! Grant this, oh Father, for thy Son Jesus Christ’s sake; to whom, with thee and the holy Spirit, one God, be Glory, Honour and Power now and forever! Amen.
TEMPORAL AND SPIRITUAL SALVATION, PREACHED IN CHRIST-CHURCH,
PHILADELPHIA, JULY 4, 1790,
BEFORE THE PENNSYLVANIA SOCIETY OF THE cincisNAT1, AGREEABLY To THEIR REQUEST AND APPOINTMENT,
A T A MEETING OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE PENN
sy Lv AN1A soci ETY of THE cincINNAT1, HELD AT THE Hous E
of GENERAL walTER stEwART, JUNE 28th, 1790.
Resolv ED, That as the Fourth of July will be on Sunday next, a Sermon be delivered in celebration of American Independence in lieu of an Oration; and that the Reverend Dr. William Smith, Provost of the College of Philadelphia, be requested to prepare and deliver one before the Society on said day—General Stewart, and Colonel Francis Johnston are appointed to wait on Dr. Smith for this purpose.
ExtRact From the MINUTEs.
AT AN ANNUAL MEETING OF THE PEN NSYLVANIA SocIETY of
RICHARD FULLERTON, SEc.
ISAIAH, Ch. LII. v. 12.
The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the Salvation of our God.
ALTHOUGH it be our unspeakable felicity, as a civilized and Christian people, to have in our hands the New-Testament—the Gos PEL of Jesus CHR1st–that fulness of divine light and knowledge and love, to which no addition is expected or promised to be made in our present mortal state; yet we are to adore that Providence which hath given us the Old Testament also, containing the law and the prophets—the dealings of the Almighty with his own people, the Jews, under a government erected by himself; and from whose history, lessons are to be derived highly instructive to mankind, in all ages and conditions of society. The various changes in the fortune of that people, who were alternately lifted up and cast down in the hands of Jehovah, are recorded for our learning, by the sovereign will of Him, who is not the God of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles; and are “profitable (as all Scriptures are) for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness.” In the chapter from which our rapturous text is taken, the sublime and evangelical Prophet congra
tulates his nation, not only upon a recent deliverance from many temporal evils, a restoration from a cruel captivity, and a succeeding happy change of their condition as a people; but, borne triumphantly forward, by the Spirit which rested upon him, to future shining periods of Freedom and Happiness under the Gospel, he holds forth to them, and to the whole world with them, the glorious prospect of a double Deliverance and Salvation (which should take place, to the very “ends of the earth,”) as well from all temporal evil and bondage, as from spiritual evil and the cruel bondage of sin! “Awake,” awake, put on thy strength, O Zion! put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem; for henceforth there shall no more come unto thee, the uncircumcised and the unclean. My people shall know my name; they shall know in that day, that I am he that doth speak: Behold it is Is” “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings; that publisheth peace; that bringeth tidings of good, that publisheth Salvation; that saith unto Zion, thy God reigneth? Break forth into joy, sing together ye waste places of Jerusalem; for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.” Thus saith the text— “The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the Earth shall see the Salvation of our God!” How divinely luminous, how sweetly evangelical, how richly instructive, and how triumphantly accordant to the solemnities of this day, are our text and