by William Bridge
The following Sermons on Psalm 42: I have perused, and find that they are the same which I preached divers years since, being then taken by a good pen as they fell in preaching. They have been long buried in silence, and should have rested in their grave, had not the importunity of some, who heard them preached, raised them from that death. Mine own notes were not legible enough for the press: in answer therefore to their desires, I have corrected these: some things I have altered, some things added, and some repetitions (fit enough for the pulpit) I have filed off; what is wanting let thy goodness supply. I have also joined with them, some other Sermons, of more doctrinal concernment, these being mostly practical, that so thy mind and heart may be at once exercised: wherein I have rather applied myself to the instructive part of preaching, than to scholastical disputation. For I know the Universities have able and faithful men, more fit for that work. Neither have I undertaken any English adversary; and if I have trodden upon any man's toes, I hope he will excuse me, for I can say truly, Sir, I saw you not. And if any man shall say to me, as David's brother Eliab spake to him, 1 Sam. 17:29, "I know thy pride, and malice of thine heart, that thou art come down to see the battle might answer, as David did, "Is there not a cause?" When strange opinions and errors are daily published, is there not a cause, that every man, who loves the truth, should bear his testimony for it? In performance therefore of mine own duty, and for thine establishment, I have spoken something to many truths, which are now questioned. Hold fast what thou hast, lest another take thy crown. "And the Lord Jesus Christ and our God, even the Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation, and good hope through grace, comfort thine heart, and stablish thee in every word, and good work."
Thine in the service of the gospel,
TABLE OF CONTENTS
To the Reader
SERMON I. - THE GOOD MAN'S PEACE.
SERMON II. -TRUE PEACE MAY BE INTERRUPTED.
SERMON III. - SAINTS SHOULD NOT BE DISCOURAGED WHATEVER THEIR CONDITION BE
SERMON IV - A LIFTING UP IN CASE OF GREAT SINS
SERMON V. - A LIFTING UP IN CASE OF WEAK GRACE.
SERMON VI. - A LIFTING UP IN CASE OF MISCARRIAGE OF DUTIES.
SERMON VII. - A LIFTING UP IN THE WANT OF ASSURANCE.
SERMON VIII. - A LIFTING UP IN CASE OF TEMPTATION.
SERMON IX. - A LIFTING UP IN CASE OF DESERTION.
SERMON X. - A LIFTING UP IN CASE OF AFFLICTION.
SERMON XI. - A LIFTING UP IN CASE OF UNSERVICEABLENESS.
SERMON XII. - A LIFTING UP IN CASE OF DISCOURAGEMENTS DRAWN FROM THE CONDITION ITSELF.
SERMON XIII. - THE CURE OF DISCOURAGEMENTS BY FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.