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To the Right Honourable CHARLES Earl of MONMOUTH, C.
Should not have presum’d to infcribe to Great a Name in the Front of so mean a
Discourse, had not your Lordships Signal Loyalty to his present Majesty King William, your constant Zeal for the Liberties of England, and your extensive Candor to all True Protestants, confpir'd to encourage the Attempt.
For as our Late Common Deliverance, by the merciful Providence of God, was the Occasion of this Sermon ; so I persuade my self your Lordship is too much affected with this great Blessing, to be displeas’d at the weakest Effort that any one can make, with a sincere and honest Design to celebrate it.
That your Lordship and your Noble Family may enjoy the Blessings both of this Life, and of that which is to come, is the earnest Prayer of
PSA L. cxliv. 10.
who delivereth David his Servant,
Presume that upon the very read
ing these Words, you are convinc'd
that they are not unfutable to the
before the Almighty, to acknowledg that he hath eminently given Salvation to our King, and hath miraculously deliver'd him from the hurtful Spord; by bringing to light the hidden Works of Darkness, by baffling and
defeating the late barbarous Conspiracy of wico ked Men to assassinate his Royal Perfon, and to rob his Subjects of their establish'd Liberties, by encouraging and alisting an Invafion from France.
Efpecially considering that this Pfalm, of which my Text is a part, is thought to have been compos’d after the Death of Saul, and in the beginning of David's Reign. Whenever it was, it certainly follow'd some extraordinary Deliverance, which David had receiv'd, and does in the Text, acknowledg to be given by a special Hand of God: and it is not improbable that it was in the beginning of his Reign; for
tho David was at first anointed by a special Sam. 16. Command of God, (while Saul fway'd the Scep
ter of Israel) to signify that God had chosen him to govern his People, and that upon Saul's Death he was immediately to fill up the throne,
yet after he was anointed King over the House a Sam. 2. 4. of Judah, it was a long time before he subdued
the Rebellions of those that adher'd to iskbosheth the Son of Saul, who made fome Pretences to the Crown, and was accordingly affisted by Abner the chief Captain of Saul's Hoft, and so made King over Gilead, and over the Afherrides, and over Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over all Israel, except Judah, as the next Verfe informs us, ver. 10. But the House of Judah followed David.
So that the greatest part of the first seven Years of David's Reign was spent in the Fatigues of a hazardous War; hazardous it must needs be, when he had rebellious and unnatural Subjects at Home, and cruel Encmies Abroad. Yet God was pleas'd by his remarkable Protection and Defence, to disappoint wicked Men in their Designs against him. Which