last night at bible study we got into a deep discussion about praise and what it means to truly P-R-A-I-S-E the Lord with all of yourself like it says in the last chapters of Psalm.
i came to a conclusion about my own life that perhaps might bring some clarity to yours...
i realized that because i SEEK praise (whether it be from my boss at work or my peers at home) i cannot fully GIVE praise with my whole heart. it's only in those moments of contentment and extreme humility when i'm doing things in His name and expecting NOTHING in return that i am able to pour out praise unto the Lord.
you know the old saying "Seek and Ye Shall Find"?
well, here, i think the case is just the opposite. if you SEEK praise you will NOT find the fullness of the glory of God.
"Praise the Lord, O my soul. I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live." -Psalm 146 1-2