Do you seek out praise? Is it a motivator for you? Do you prefer to give praise to others? Is praise something you struggle with, whether for you or for others? How do you praise the King—Jesus?
Accepting praise from others can be challenging and we can feel embarrassed by it. Praising others can also be difficult for us because we simply don’t know how to do it without it feeling awkward.
Personally, I know both of the above feelings all too well. I have never felt comfortable receiving praise, especially publicly. I have often done whatever I could to avoid it. Perhaps that is why it is also challenging for me to praise others. My simplified viewpoint is that we are all doing our jobs or what we are called to do. No praise required.
Yet, I know intellectually that praise has its place. I know that we are to praise one another, especially when we have done something worthy in the service of our Lord. I also know we are to praise Him. Jesus is worthy of our praise. In fact, I believe He is far more worthy than any of us can imagine.
Jesus is not merely a person who taught good lessons, performed amazing miracles, and died for us. No…He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the conqueror of all evil. He is the ultimate judge. He is our Savior and our Lord. He deserves our praise.
I pray we all give Jesus our highest praise. I pray we honor Him with all our being. I pray each one of us will praise one another when we see one another working for the King. See Jesus as the King. Praise Jesus. Praise the King. Praise Jesus as Lord. Sing praises to Him.
John 9:35-38 The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”