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THANKSGIVING
SERMON,

For the Success of
His Majesty's Forces

In Suppresling
The late Wicked and Unnatural
REBELLION.
Preached at PORTSMOUTH

By JOHN NORMA N.

LONDON:

Printed for J. OSWALD, near the Man-

fion-House. M.DCC.XLVI.

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Deuteronomy xxviii. 7.
The Lord Mall cause thine Enemies

that rise up against thee to be
Smitten before thy Face : They shall
come out against thee one Way, and
flee before thee seven Ways.

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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 solemn Thanksgiving for such a Salvation ; and this is the Duty to which, by our most gracious Sovereign's. Royal Proclamation, we are now called.

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4 A Thanksgiving Sermon. • In the Time of our Trouble, and when we were under such Apprehensions of Danger as gave us much Uneasiness, Prayers were every where offered up to Heaven for the Defeat of our Enemies, Deliverance from the Calamities of an intestine War, and a „Restoration of the publick Peace and Tranquillity : And as, by a divine Blessing on his Majesty's Counsels and Arms, these great Mercies have been obtained; surely they ought to be in the niost grateful and devout manner acknowledged ; and this God expects from us.

Not that he wants any Returns thåt we are capable of making for the Favours which he bestows; nor is it to be supposed, that there can be any Addition made to his essential Glory by our most exalted Praises ; but he is pleased with our sincere, though faint, Attempts to proclaim the Honours of his Name, and such is his Condescension, that he has fignified so much to us by saying, Whofo offereth Praise glorifieth me, Pfal. 1. 23.

Now that we may be deeply affected with the great and undeserved Goodnessof God in the Deliverance, which we are assembled this Morning to thank him for, I have formed a short Discourse, grounded upon the Passage of Scripture which has been read, and endeavoured to make it as suitable as I could to the present joyful Occasion.

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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, Efates 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 smitten before thy Face, &c. You see they were assured that God would be with them, fight their Battles, and defeat any forces that should make War upon them, so that they should either 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 justly 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

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