Psalm 25 / 2 Peter 1:1-11
Must We Change? Must We Grow?

Psalm 25

Of David.

          [1] To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.

          [2] O my God, in you I trust;

                   let me not be put to shame;

                   let not my enemies exult over me.

          [3] Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;

                   they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.


          [4] Make me to know your ways, O LORD;

                   teach me your paths.

          [5] Lead me in your truth and teach me,

                   for you are the God of my salvation;

                   for you I wait all the day long.


          [6] Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love,

                   for they have been from of old.

          [7] Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;

                   according to your steadfast love remember me,

                   for the sake of your goodness, O LORD!


          [8] Good and upright is the LORD;

                   therefore he instructs sinners in the way.

          [9] He leads the humble in what is right,

                   and teaches the humble his way.

          [10] All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness,

                   for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.


          [11] For your name’s sake, O LORD,

                   pardon my guilt, for it is great.

          [12] Who is the man who fears the LORD?

                   Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.

          [13] His soul shall abide in well-being,

                   and his offspring shall inherit the land.

          [14] The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him,

                   and he makes known to them his covenant.

          [15] My eyes are ever toward the LORD,

                   for he will pluck my feet out of the net.


          [16] Turn to me and be gracious to me,

                   for I am lonely and afflicted.

          [17] The troubles of my heart are enlarged;

                   bring me out of my distresses.

          [18] Consider my affliction and my trouble,

                   and forgive all my sins.


          [19] Consider how many are my foes,

                   and with what violent hatred they hate me.

          [20] Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me!

                    Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.

          [21] May integrity and uprightness preserve me,

                   for I wait for you.


          [22] Redeem Israel, O God,

                   out of all his troubles.


2 Peter 1:1–11

[1] Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,

To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:

[2] May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

[3] His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, [4] by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. [5] For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, [6] and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, [7] and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. [8] For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. [9] For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. [10] Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. [11] For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


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