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Thanksgiving Sermon, 1817

Thanksgiving Sermon, 1817

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BY HENRY KOLLOCK, D. D,


1 Samuel xii. 23, 24.

But I will teach you the good and the right way. Only
fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your
heart : for consider how great things he hath done for
you.
BY HENRY KOLLOCK, D. D,


1 Samuel xii. 23, 24.

But I will teach you the good and the right way. Only
fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your
heart : for consider how great things he hath done for
you.

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THAKSGIVIG SERMO, 1817BY HERY KOLLOCK, D. D,1 Samuel xii. 23, 24.But I will teach you the good and the right way. Onlyfear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all yourheart : for consider how great things he hath done foryou." To every thing," says Solomon, " there is a sea-son, and a time for every purpose under the sun."A time when we should pour out our tears, and ano-ther when we should utter the accents of joy ; a timewhen we should " sit in sackcloth and ashes," andanother when we should " anoint our head with theoil of gladness ;" a time to cry " Hosanna, save, webeseech thee !" and another to sing, " Hallelujah,praise ye the Lord !" When the church, the state,or the community with which we are more particu-larly connected, is in affliction, it would display acriminal disregard to Divine Providence, and a crueland insensible heart, not to " weep with those thatweep;" but when God has conferred upon us signalmercies, we are justly chargeable with the basestingratitude, if we do not, with the Israelites on the332 SERMO XCIX.borders of the Red Sea, raise the thankful song of praise to our Deliverer ; if we do not, with Moses,erect our altar, and inscribe upon it, " Jehovah-nissi,the Lord is my banner ;" if we do not, with the holyprophet, whose words have been read to you, publiclyrear some memorial of his kindness, and write uponit, " Ebenezer, hitherto the Lord hath helped us."
 
To a discharge of this duty we have been invitedby the civil authority of this place ; and with mindsconvinced of the propriety of their advice, you haveentered into the temple of the Most High. Unitedin his presence in external acts of homage, may wealso be united in the gratitude of the soul ! May He,who reads our inmost sentiments, perceive no heartthat is not warmed by a fire from heaven ; no heartfrom which the incense of thankfulness does not risebefore him. " O magnify the Lord with me, and letus exalt his praise together !"The words of my text were uttered by the prophetSamuel, who so long and so illustriously acted as theteacher, the governor, and the deliverer of Israel.When his nation, ungrateful to the God who had sosignally blessed them, and to this his faithful minis-ter, to whom they were under such great obligations,wished to renounce the theocracy, and to " have aking to rule over them, that they might be like allthe surrounding nations," Samuel at first remonstrat-ed with them on the folly and guilt of their designs.When however they persisted in their resolutions,instead of indulging any anger because they haddeposed him, he only appeals to them that no op-pression or extortion had stained his administration ;assured them that his prayers in their behalf shouldstill continually rise before the Lord ; and exhortsthem with all the fervour of a patriot, and all theMISCELLAEOUS. 333piety of a saint, to that course of conduct whichwould preserve their state, flourishing, happy, andbeloved by God. Among other directions, is thatgiven in our text : " I will teach you the good andright way. Only fear the Lord, and serve him in
 
truth with all your heart : for consider how greatthings he hath done for you."In applying these words to ourselves, and to theoccasion which assembles us together, let us,I. Briefly review some of those great things whichGod hath done for us.II. Show what is the return which feeling, grati-tude, religion, require of us.III. Prove to you, that the discharge of this duty isgood and right.I. You will not expect, my brethren, that I shouldretrace to you the long succession of benefits which,as a nation and a community, we have enjoyed fromthe time that our fathers first entered upon this fa-voured country to the present time; grateful aswould be such a retrospect, it would lead us intodetails inconsistent with the limits of the presentdiscourse. These are recorded in the annals of ourcountry, in almost every page of which we meet withinstances of divine interposition and guardianship,which must compel him who loves his country orhis God, to lift up his grateful and adoring heart toHim who ruleth over all. For these the warm effu-sions of thankfulness were often poured out beforethe Supreme, by many of your parents who now liesilent in the dust; and who have left to you theirdescendants the delightful employment of expressingnew gratitude for constantly renewed mercies. In-stead then of unrolling the annals of past genera-tions, let us merely fix our eyes upon those blessings334 SERMO' XCIJC.

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