||How To Receive Praise
A pat on the back. An applause. Acknowledgement and accolade. Words of affirmation. These are things we like to experience and words we love to hear when we accomplish something. It makes us feel good to know that others were blessed by our performance. But the question is, "should we live for the applause of man or for the applause of heaven?" Don't misunderstand the question. There is nothing wrong with someone else bragging on you. Proverbs 27:2 tells us to let someone else praise you, and your own mouth. I heard one preacher say, "compliments are like perfume; they're nice to smell, but don't swallow them."
We want to edify one another and build them up. We certainly want to help increase their confidence in all that they do. However, our confidence is greatly bolstered when we know that we are pleasing the Lord. In Matthew 5:6, Jesus said, "Blessed are they that do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled."
In a world of medals, trophies, and awards, it is easy to associate success and happiness with our accomplishments. A plaque on the wall with our name may bring fulfillment, but only temporarily. The only thing that brings true satisfaction according to Jesus Christ belongs to those who hunger and thirst after righteousness. It is not about seeking man's approval, but serving an audience of One.
We had a young lady sing in our church this past Sunday and it was a beautiful song and God has blessed her with an amazing voice. At the end of the service, people were complimenting her and her reply was, "Praise the Lord." That is a biblical and Godly response as 1 Corinthians 1:31 reminds us, "He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord." We don't do what we do to receive glory, but to give the glory back to the Lord.
Whether it is a song that is sung, a deed that is done, a milestone that is reached, or an act of kindness that is performed, all the glory belongs to Him! When your hunger and thirst is to proclaim His glory, you will discover true satisfaction and fulfillment.