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overcome that Goliah, that grand enemy of my soul. When the sons of Jesse came before Samuel, one of whom God had appointed him to anoint king over Israel, the Lord said to Samuel, “Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature, because I have refused him ; for the Lord seeth not as man seeth : for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart : and Jesse, made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel, and be said to Jesse, the Lord hath not chosen · these : then he sent and brought David, his young. est son, a keeper of sheep, and he was anointed king.' He was little in stature, and ruddy, and withal of beautiful countenance and complexion ; yet was strong in heart, and of great courage ; of a wise and heavenly mind, that lived in the fear of the Lord, and also a man after God's own heart. When he came to fight Golialı, that monstrous giant, tbat defled the arınies of the living God, king Saul armed young David with his own armour, and put an helmet of brass upon his head, and also put on him a coat of mail, and he girded bis sword upon his armour. And David put them off him, and said to Saul, I cannot go with these, for I have not proved them. David fights Goliah aster his own manner, out of the road of the mighty, and of the great ones of the earth : 'he took only his staff in his hand, and chose bim five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag, and his sling was in his hand, and he drew near to the Philistine : and when Goliah saw David, be despised him, for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance : then said David to the Philistine, thou comest to me with a sword and a spear, and with a shield; but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of bosts, whom thou hast defied; this day will the Lord deliver thee into my hand : and David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone and slang it, and smote the Philistine in the forehead,
and the stone sunk into his forebead, and he fell upon his face to the earth; so David prevailed over Goliab, with a sling and a stone, and smote him, and slew him ; but there was no sword in the band of David. Thus he conquered that great giant, though he was little and despised. - So our Lord Jesus Cbrist (of whom David was a type) when he came into the world, he was rejected and despised of men; but notwithstanding, there were many that beheld his glory, as the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
My Friends, it is Christ that hath conquered the devil, that Goliah and great enemy of our souls : he bath spoiled principalities and powers, and overcome death, and hell, and all the powers of darkness : we also obtain the victory and are made more than conquerors, through the Lord Jesus Christ, the great Čaptain of our salvation. We are a people of his setting up: it is not by strength and human wisdom, not by arts and parts, and academical acquirements; not by power and might; but by the Spirit of the Lord, that we are enabled to overcome the enemies. of our salvation, sin, hell, and the grave, and to triumph in the power of God, and sing the song of Moses, and the song of the Lamb, a song of deliverance. But before we come to sing this song of Moses, there must be first a mourning state, an humbling of ourselves, and a bowing down before the Lord ; we must say with the returning prodigal, • Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son :' and we may say, as the centurion, Lord I am not worthy that thou shouldst come under my roof.' The power of divine truth must lay us low, and sink us into a deep humility; they that come not to bear the voice of judgment, can never enjoy mercy of the Lord, nor know the working of God upon their souls effectually to salvation. Yet he will not break the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking fax, till
judgment break forth into victory. Where judgment bath nut victory, nor patience its perfect work, people will not be patient, under God's judgment. But • Zion must be redeemed with judgment, and i her converts with righteousness. This is promised to the citizens of Zion, and Jerusalem shall be the praise of the whole earth. Then they shall sing the song of Moses and of the Lamb, a song of delive erance and redemption. The Apostle Paul sung this song, after he was sensible of his miserable state. 0 wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death! I thank God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit : For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, bath made me free from the law of sin and death.'
All are in a condemned state out of Christ; but 'when once in Christ, there are new thoughts, new desires, and new will and affections. Then we shall shake off every weight and burden, and the sin that dotb. so easily beset us, and run with patience the race that is before us, and deny ourselves, and take up the cross of Christ, and follow bim, and learn of him a holy resignation to the will of our heavenly Father; and say with him, Not my will but thy will be done. Thus God gathered a people in the beginning, and thus he reacbeth people now, and is gathering a people to this day.
Blessed are they that live and walk according to the ministration of the grace of God in their hearts, and that come, by Christ, to be made free from the law of sin and death. It is Christ alone tbat giveth grace and truth in the inward parts, to make us free; and that giveth us power against the enemy : And though the devil our enemy be too mighty for ws, he is not too mighty for Christ, who is mighty to save, and to save to the utterwost too, ait ibat
come unto God by hiin. Our Lord Jesus foiled the enemy in all his assaults, and conquered him by bis divine power, even then when he was led of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. The tempter knew he was bungry, he knew he wanted sustenance : 'If thou be the Son of God, (said he, command that these stones be made bread.' But he answered and said, It is written, man liveth not by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.' Then he attacks him, and taketh bim up into the boly eity, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down, for it is written he shall give his angels charge concerning thee, lest at any time thou shouldst dash thy foot againt a stone. And Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.' Then again the devil assaulted him, and taketh bim up into an exceeding high mountain, and shewed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them, and saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto bim, Get thee behind me, satan; for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Thus our blessed Lord overcame the devil, and vanquished him in all his assaults and temptations. Then the devil
leaveth him, and behold angels came and minister· ed unto him.' .
This is an emblem of what Christ will do for all his followers, that open the door of their hearts to bim : He will enable them to overcome the devil when he does attack them; and to conquer that enemy that bath sometimes overcome them. He will put upon them the whole armour of God, and they shall be able to stand in the evil day, having their loins girt about with truth, and having on the breast-plate of righteousness, and baving the shield
of faith, wherewith they shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked ; and the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God ! Pray always, with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, watching thereunto, with all perseverance. Our Lord Jesus Christ will preserve bis people under bis pavilion, and cover them under the shadow of his wings, all those that make their applications to him, and obey him, and submit to him, when he reproves them for sin. . If they turn from their evil ways, they shall know his power that overcometh the world, and all the powers of darkness, and obtain salvation from sin, and from the wrath to come. Take away the cause, and the effect ceaseth: Can you hope to escape the wrath of God, while sin, that is the cause, remains ? This is as great a contradiction as the doctrine of transubstantiation, that a thing is, and is not, at the same time. O that people would come to be wise, and in this their day consider the things that belong to their eternal peace, before they are hid froin their eyes ! · God hath given Christ to be a Redeemer to us, to finish transgression, and make an end of sin, and bring in everlasting righteousness; and behold Christ. stands at the door and knocks; if you open the door of your hearts and let him in, he will bind the strong inan, and spoil him of his goods, and cast him out, and take possession for himself. My Friends! you that bave heard the call of God, and obeyed the voice of your Maker, and known the operation of his divine hand; you that have known the work of conviction and conversion, and do persevere to the end, happy are ye. You do not know how soon God may call you. The time past is gone, only the present time is yours. Now is the accepted time, now is the day of salvation, let none harden their hearts, now is the time wherein we are to act for eternity. Now we have time and