Many people, even in the church, suffer from self-rejection. This type of thought pattern can persist for years, sabotaging the truth about who we are in Christ and how valuable we are to our heavenly Father. When such a lie reigns in our mind, feelings of worthlessness follow. If you’ve received Jesus Christ as your Savior, you’re accepted by God – not based on your performance but on Christ’s substitutionary atoning death on your behalf. This is the truth that should govern your self-perception. But eliminating wrong patterns of thought and behavior takes more than simply knowing why you’re accepted. To develop a healthier outlook, you must saturate yourself with God’s Word so the Holy Spirit can renew your mind with truth and reveal any unbiblical thinking.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, March 19, 2022.
The Lord is to be praised!
To ‘walk worthy’ is a key New Testament concept which calls the believer to live in a way that is consistent with his identification with the Lord who saved him. Being ‘fruitful in every good work’ refers to spiritual fruit, which is the byproduct of a righteous life. The Bible identifies spiritual fruit as leading people to Christ (1 Cor. 16:15), praising God (Heb. 13:15), giving money (Rom. 15:26-28), living a godly life (Heb. 12:11), and displaying holy attitudes (Gal. 5:22,23). Increasing in the knowledge of God – spiritual growth cannot occur apart from this knowledge (1 Pet. 2:2; 2 Pet. 3:18). The evidences of spiritual growth include a deeper love for God’s Word (Ps. 119:97), a more perfect obedience (1 John 2:3-5), a strong doctrinal foundation (1 John 2:12-14), an expanding faith (2 Thess. 1:3), and a greater love for others (Phil. 1:9).
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Colossians 1:10.
There is only One worthy of praise!
Through Christ and His provision of salvation, the believer is a victor (1 John 5:5) over the invisible system of demonic and human evil that Satan operates to capture men’s souls for hell. Faith in Jesus Christ and dedication of one’s life to Him make one an overcomer.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 1 John 5:4,5.
This psalm expresses the exuberance of the psalmist as he recognizes that God is merciful in salvation, great in His works of creation, just in His dealings with the wicked, and faithful in prospering His children.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Psalm 92:1-15.
Praise should be for 1) what God has done and 2) who God is.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Psalm 150:2.
Trust, boast, and praise must not be directed to the wrong objects but only to God Himself.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Psalm 20:7.