Day 158- Thankful for God’s “applause”

What will it be like to hear, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant,” from the Lord someday?

I believe it will be worth all of the lack of praise from people, the praise we had hoped for but didn’t receive.

In fact I wonder if it’s not a gift from the Lord that we not receive the praise of man. Surely His praise is so superior to the praise of man that we should be glad when people don’t praise us.

Jesus said,

“Be careful not to perform your righteous acts before men to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

So when you give to the needy, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. Truly I tell you, they already have their full reward.

But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:1-4 Berean Study Bible

Well, I guess that settles that! I need to start thanking God when I don’t receive the praise or thanks or affirmation from others that I had secretly hoped for.

I can thank Him because His praise is so much better, and I should be doing it for Him anyway!

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who approaches Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 BSB

I surrender to Him my desire for the praise of others.

Today I’m thankful for praise, but I’m thankful that I don’t receive praise as well.

I’m thankful that I can serve God and expect HIS praise someday!

I’m thankful that His praise far surpasses the praise of others!

How about you? Do you sometimes wish you would be praised or thanked for something nice that you did? Are you disappointed when that praise does not materialize? How do the above thoughts and Scriptures affect how you have been thinking about this? Are you thankful for praise from God?


15 thoughts on “Day 158- Thankful for God’s “applause”

  1. There is an old song, “I’d Rather Have Jesus”. In that song there is a line completing the thought with, “than men’s applause.” As long as the flesh is out of the way, the spirit soars with amazement that one day, our Lord and Savior will say, “Well done.”

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    1. I haven’t heard that song for a long time! Thanks for reminding me of it! It’s full of timeless truths! I wonder if George Beverly Shea used to sing that? I remember hearing it sung by someone with a voice like his.
      You’re right, we need to keep pushing the flesh out of the way and focus instead on Jesus, who loved us so much that He gave His life for our salvation!
      Yes, that thought of His “well done” actually reminds me of how unworthy I am and how it is only by His mercy and grace that I even get to be with Him.
      God bless, sister!

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  2. You’re right. Sometimes I am disappointed if no one recognizes me. Then, a still, small voice tells me that He saw it. He sees everything. Then, there are other times that I want to be anonymous and don’t want thanks from anyone. I just want that good feeling that I did something kind just for the sake of being kind.

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    1. I know what you mean, Vicklea. I think I struggle most with just feeling unloved, but I find great comfort in the fact that God loves me so intimately! Yes, He sees everything, and He never rolls His eyes at us nor gives us an exasperated sigh because I want to ask Him something or show Him something. He’s never too busy for us.
      Yes, that is a good feeling. Blessings! ☺

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  3. Hmmm. I don’t need to be praised (maybe I get enough and take it for granted), but it sure feels wonderful to know that you’re needed and loved. I think it’s pretty human, too. But even when those words are in short supply God always loves us. Maybe He doesn’t need us, but that makes it even more special because He wants us. He deserves all the praise for sure! Thanks for sharing, Ruth! Nicely done. ❤

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    1. Yes, I’m kind of throwing all those things together (praise, thanks, and some sign that we matter to someone.) It does feel wonderful to know we’re loved and valued, but for many people, those affirmations are lacking.
      When I stay close to God, I recognize that His love is all I need. When I’ve not spent enough time with Him, I find myself being bothered by people who treat me like I’m invisible, walking by me in a narrow hallway where only myself and that person are present, or even sitting next to me or across the table at a dinner, and never even making eye contact or saying “Hi”. That’s just one example.
      Yes, fortunately God always loves us, even when people treat us as less-than. You’re so right; He wants us! What a sweet, loving God He is! Amen!
      You’re welcome, Tina, and thank you!

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      1. That distance between us and God sure affects a lot of things from being self-concious…not feeling loved… to our peace being very disturbed. He really is all we need. We just need to get a little closer and grow in understanding.

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  4. I’m definitely trying to be better about being a secret giver so as to not look for praise from others…it’s hard, there’s a fine line there because I want to give in secret yet I also want people to know I’m thinking of them and care too so I’m trying to balance and figure that out

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    1. I think the important thing is the attitude of the heart when we give. I don’t think it means we have to always give anonymously. Remember the story of the widow’s mite? She gave in public because that’s how it had to be done, but Jesus knew her heart of devotion to God. But the Pharisees were very showy about their giving, perhaps dropping the coins as obviously and noisily as possible in the hopes of attracting positive attention to themselves. Their devotion was to themselves, and God knew it.

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