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Of the Love of our COUNTRY.
Preach'd JUNE 27. 1706.
PSALM cxxi. 6.
prosper that love thee.
HIS is a Day of Joy and Vol. II.
Triumph ; for who can
God vindicating the Ho-
chastising the Vain-glory and Insolence of Man, asserting the Liberty of Europe, avenging the Sufferings
Vol. II.and Perfecutions of his Servants, and dif
sipating those Clouds and Terrors which have for many years hung over this Nation in particular? Who can chuse but rejoice to see God reducing a Power that was the Idol of Slaves and superstitious Bigots, and the Terror of all that were hearty Friends to Law and Liberty, and fational Religion? God has, I say, begun to do this, and if we behave our selves as we should, we have no reason to doubt but that he will make an End of his Work, and never draw back his Hand till he has utterly scatter'd thie Force and baffled the Policy of the com
mon Enemy and Oppreffor, and till this i Sam. v. Dagon of the Philistines be thrown pro
strate before the Ark of GOD without Head or Hands. This' were a blessed Issue of our repeated , long, expensive, and bloody Wars: This would indeed procure the Peace and Prosperity of our Jerusalem, and lay the Foundation of our Security in both This would stamp a true Value upon all those Blessings which we derive from the Fruitfulness of our Soil, the Healthiness of our Climate, and the Excellence of our Constitution; our Rights and Poffefsions would no longer feem precarious, nor our Fears dash our Enjoyments. I may therefore be confi
dent you will tell me there is nothing Serm. that you are not ready to do, which may AX. contribute to this happy End. How inexcusable then will you be, if you
draw back and refuse your Assistance, when I prescribe you fuch Means as are both easy and pleasant, as indeed I shall ? For I am not about to exhort you to jeopard your Lives in the high Places of the Field; to bear the Toil and Fatigue of long and
Marches thro' difficult, barren, 0,9
Countries; to undergo the Watching and Hunger of a long and, ftrait Siege, or to die resolutely in a Breach, out-braving the Fire and the Sword of a desperate
and implacable Enemy: No, no; all that I am to exhort you to is, to love your Country, and depend upon God; to seek Good from him; and to bless and praise him when he confers, it upon us. Pray for the Peace of Jerusa-, lem, they shall prosper that love thee.
Jerusalem is here taken in the most extensive Sense for the whole Country of Judea, of which it was the Metropolis, i. e. the Head, the Heart, from whence Life and Strength were convey'd to all tlie other Members: This was the Fountain of Law, and of Religion, the Spring of Wealth, the Magazine
of Power to the whole Nation. Here Priests and Rab
Vol A. bies, here the Judge and the Counsellor,
here Kings, and here God himself in a peculiar manner made his Abode; and therefore'no wonder if Jerufalem betaken for the whole Country of Judea, of which it was, I will not fay, the Epitome, but, as it were, the Soul, the Perfection, , the Strength and Glory. Nor are we t take the Country of Judea here in a nárrow and limited Sente, but in the fullest and wideft, i. e. not only in its Natural and Civil
, but also in its Religious Capacity, as it Imports Church and State incorporated together. By Peace we are to understand not only Quiet and Tranquility; but Wealth and Plenty, Strength and Unity, all that can be compris d in Prosperity, when crown'd with all the Security chat is reasonable to be expected here below, without which the richeft Blessings are almost infipid and tasteless.
Sii Toge The Words being thus explain'd, 'tis easy to see how I am to apply them, and what they will teach us, namely,
il LI That every Man ought to love his 1. Country.
to be This Love is affign’d as the Reason and Ground of our Prayer for it, Pray for .
he Peace of Jerusalem, they shall profper Serm. hat love thee.
II. That every Man ought, as much
as in him lies, to promote the Peace
of it; Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.
Happiness, is the natural Result of
I. That every Man ought to love his Country: The Psalmist founds this Dư: ty upon several Reasons, which are as applicable to us as they were to the Jews, and consequently evince our Obligation to this Duty to be as plain and strong as theirs could be.
1. The Consideration of our Constitution and Laws; for there are set Thrones of v.5. Judgment: the Thrones of the House of David.
2. The Affection we ought to have for our Relations and Countrymen; for my Brethren and Companions Sakes I will not
V. 8. fay, Peace be within thee.
3. The Value we ought to have for the Religion we profess; because of the v. g. House of the Lord our God I wil seek thy Goods To these we may add,