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the Lord so bless us, that we may see Jerusalem in Prosperity all our Life long *: but let Them be confounded and turned backward, as many as have evil Will at Sion t.
* Psal. cxxviii. 6. Psal. cxxix. 5.
S E R M ON
PREACHED at the
• Parith-Church of St. James, Westminster,
April 25, 1749.
Being the Day of THANKSGIVING to ALMIGHTY GOD
for the PEACE.
Ps A L. xxix. 10.
– The Lord Mall give bis People the Blessing of Peace.
TTTE are met this Day to thank
God for a Mercy, that hath long
been the Object of our earnest Wishes, and solemn Prayers ; that we have often had but small Hope of obtaining, and yet now have possessed many Months, with an increasing Prospect of its Continuance: on which Account our Joy is still more reasonable, though it must, from the Constitution of our Nature, be less warmly felt, than it was at first. Accordingly we have just been expressing it in the Divine Presence. And Instruction from this Place was not previously necessary, to excite our Gratitude for a Benefit, fo visible and so important. But it may contribute, not a little, to fix in our Breasts a
more durable Sense of what we have acknows ledged: and, which is the End of all, direct us to such Behaviour, as will secure and improve the Happiness, we enjoy.,
I shall therefore at present,
People are intitled to it: and consequently
Degree. 1. I shall set before you the Blesing of i Peace,
Man appears, from the harmless Make of his Body, the conversable Disposition of his Mind, the Tenderness of his Affections, the Sovereignty of his reflecting Principle, the Necessity of Assistance in his numerous Wants, and the Rules of Life prescribed him by express Revelation, to be formed for a social inoffensive Creature. Now the natural State of each Being is the happy one. And the Happiness of Peace is like that of Health : 'it