Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18
from age to age my mouth will pro- | claim your faithfulness.
2For I am persuaded that your steadfast love is estab- | lished forever;
you have set your faithfulness firmly | in the heavens.
3“I have made a covenant with my | chosen one;
I have sworn an oath to Da- | vid my servant:
4‘I will establish your | line forever,
and preserve your throne for all | generations.’ ”
15Happy are the people who know the | festal shout!
They walk, O Lord, in the light | of your presence.
16They rejoice daily | in your name;
they are jubilant | in your righteousness.
17For you are the glory | of their strength,
and by your favor our might | is exalted.
18Truly, our shield belongs | to the Lord;
our king to the Holy | One of Israel.
15What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, 18and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.
20When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. 22But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.