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: A Thanksgiving SERMON.
Deuteronomy xxviii. 7. The Lord fall cause thine Enemies
that rise up against thee to be fmitten before thy Face: They Mall come out against thee one Way, and flee before thee seven Ways.
· LMIGHTY GOD, who super
intends and governs the Affairs of the World by his wise and good
Providence, having signally appear'd for us, in suppressing that monstrous and unnatural Rebellion by which we were lately so much alarm'd; we should think ouselves obliged to join in publick and folemn Thanksgiving for such a Salvation ; and this is the Duty to which, by our most gracious Sovereign's Royal Proclamation, we are now called.
A Thanksgiving Sermon. 5 The Words contain a great Blessing promised to the Ifraelites if they behaved themselves answerably to what God required of them, and obey'd the Precepts which they were commanded to have a strict and dutiful Regard to. Upon that Condition, they were encouraged to expect that Providence would smile upon them with regard to their Persons, Eftates and Employments; that their Plenty would be continued, that they should be advanced above the People round about them, and be victorious over their Enemies. The Lord shall cause thine Enemies that rise up against thee to be fmitten before thy Face, &c. You see they were affured that God would be with them, fight their Battles, and defeat any Forces that should make War upon them, so that they should cither be cut off and killed upon the Spot, or flee before them by many different Ways, that they might make their Escape, and not fall into their Hands.
Thus God engaged to favour Ifrael, and thus he has been graciously pleased to favour us, though we are such a sinful People, and he might juftly have suffered our Enemies to prevail against and triumph over us.
This all that are concern'd for our holy Religion, and for the national Welfare and Prosperity must, I am sure, look upon