II Peter 2:4-8

To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

Most of the modern-day songs featured on this website, even the ones designated “expository songs,” only derive a phrase or two from their source text. The hymns of Watts, Newton, and Wesley often cover a multi-verse section, but this skill has been largely undeveloped by today’s writers. Michael Card’s “Living Stones” (lyrics here) is a distinct exception, covering five verses well (and throwing in a nice reference to verse 25 as an extra bonus.)

II Peter 2:21

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps

Two beloved hymns are both rooted in this passage:

Expository Songs

Living Stones (I Peter 2:4-8) (2003)
Michael Card | Popularized by Michael Card
Lyrics | Amazon

You That Know the Lord Is Gracious (I Peter 2:4-10)
C. A. Alington
Lyrics

Church of God, Elect and Glorious (I Peter 2:4-12)
James Seddon
Lyrics | Sheet Music

See what a living stone (I Peter 2:4) (1719)
Isaac Watts | Popularized by The Psalms of Da­vid (1719)
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Christ the Foundation of the Church (I Peter 2:6-7)
Isaac Watts
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Christ the Corner-Stone (I Peter 2:6)
John Chandler
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Christ, the Corner-stone (I Peter 2:6)
John Pierpont
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Cornerstone (I Peter 2:6)
Lari Goss | Popularized by The Speers
Lyrics | YouTube

The Church’s One Foundation (I Peter 2:6)
Samuel John Stone
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube

The Foundation Stone (I Peter 2:6)
Tracy Clinton
Lyrics | Sheet Music

He Is So Precious to Me (I Peter 2:7)
Charles Gabriel
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Chosen Generation (I Peter 2:8)
Rick Powell, Jeannie Clattenburg | Popularized by Integrity Music
YouTube | Amazon

He Walks With Me (I Peter) (I Peter 2:9) (2016)
Popularized by Sandra McCracken
YouTube | Amazon

Royal Priesthood (I Peter 2:9)
Nathan Widener | Popularized by The Anchormen
YouTube

Take Our Lives (I Peter 2:9) (1991)
Andy Park | Popularized by Vineyard Music
Lyrics | Amazon

Your Power as God (I Peter 2:9) (2014)
Popularized by TheOldATrain
Lyrics

Adorning the Doctrine (I Peter 2:12)
Isaac Watts
Lyrics | Sheet Music

How Beauteous Were the Marks Divine (I Peter 2:21-24)
Arthur Coxe
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Follow the Path of Jesus (I Peter 2:21)
C.R. Blackall
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Footprints of Jesus (I Peter 2:21)
Mary B. Slade
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube

In His Steps (I Peter 2:21)
Daniel Otis Teasley
Lyrics | Sheet Music

I Peter Song (I Want To Be Holy) (I Peter 2) (2010)
Popularized by Matt Papa
YouTube | Amazon

Living Stones (I Peter 2)
Michael A. Schmid | Popularized by True Vine Music
Lyrics

Other References

Come Home (I Peter 2:3)
Joe DiQuattro | Popularized by The Cathedrals
Lyrics | YouTube

The Spirit’s guidance (I Peter 2:3)
Charles Wesley
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Ain’t Gonna Let No Rock (I Peter 2:4) (1995)
Popularized by Ron Kenoly
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

Brick After Brick (I Peter 2:4) (2015)
Benjamin Hoppe | Popularized by Sovereign Grace Music
Lyrics | Sheet Music | Amazon

Diamonds in the Rough (I Peter 2:4)
Popularized by Honeytree
YouTube | Amazon

Built on the Rock (I Peter 2:5)
Nikolai F. S. Grundtvig, Carl Döving
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Come to Us (I Peter 2:5) (1999)
Stuart Townend | Popularized by Stuart Townend
Lyrics | Amazon

The Promise Song (I Peter 2:5) (1982)
Keith Green | Popularized by Keith Green
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

He Is My Cornerstone (I Peter 2:6)
Popularized by Kirk Talley
YouTube | Amazon

The Flood (I Peter 2:6) (1779)
John Newton | Popularized by Olney Hymns (1779)
Lyrics

I Go to the Rock (I Peter 2:7)
Popularized by The Rambos
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

Nothing But Grace (I Peter 2:9-10)
Sheryl Farris | Popularized by The McKameys
YouTube | Amazon

Song of the Beautiful Bride (I Peter 2:9) (2013)
Popularized by Paul Wilbur
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

Draw us to Thee (I Peter 2:21)
August Crull, Friedrich Funcke
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Following in His Footsteps (I Peter 2:21)
Scooter Simmons | Popularized by The Cathedrals
YouTube

Following in His Footsteps (I Peter 2:21)
Popularized by The Torchmen
YouTube

He Leadeth Me (I Peter 2:21)
Joseph H. Gilmore
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube

I’ll Follow In Thy Steps (I Peter 2:21)
Tolbert, Harris | Popularized by Blue Ridge Quartet
Amazon

O Jesus, I Have Promised (I Peter 2:21)
John Bode
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Our Example (I Peter 2:21)
Clara Brooks
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Step by Step (I Peter 2:21)
Lizze DeArmond
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Stepping in the Light (I Peter 2:21)
Eliza Hewitt, William Kirkpatrick
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube

Behold the Lamb (Communion Hymn) (I Peter 2:24) (2007)
Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, Stuart Townend | Popularized by Keith and Kristyn Getty
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube | Amazon

How Deep the Father’s Love For Us (I Peter 2:24) (1995)
Stuart Townend | Popularized by Stuart Townend
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube | Amazon

I Stand Amazed in the Presence (My Savior’s Love) (I Peter 2:24)
Charles Gabriel
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube

In the Sinner’s stead (I Peter 2:24)
Anne Cousin
Lyrics | Sheet Music

To the Cross I Cling (I Peter 2:24) (2012)
Popularized by Matt Boswell
YouTube | Amazon

Living Stones (I Peter 2:25) (2003)
Michael Card | Popularized by Michael Card
Lyrics | Amazon

I Peter Canticle (I Peter 2) (1995)
Popularized by John Michael Talbot
YouTube | Amazon

Quotes

Chosen Generation (I Peter 2:9) (1998)
Popularized by Steve Green and Hide ‘Em In Your Heart
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

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