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Private Praise
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By Cheryl Wilson-Bridges

Many times the largest extent of our praise is only what we offer God in public. Most of us don’t spend enough private time with God meditating on His works and His Word. Private time in praise to God is essential for proper spiritual nourishment. David tells us in Psalm 34:8, “O, taste and see that the Lord is good.” Our pure praise is like a delicious meal that nourishes our souls. So what happens when we don’t spend enough private time with God? Let’s think of it like this. We all love to eat, right? Well, some of us more than others. However whether you are a food fanatic or have an ordinary appetite, eating is vital to our mental and physical growth. In order to be healthy we must eat daily. If we don’t follow these dietary guidelines, our bodies will become diseased. What would happen if you were only allowed to eat one meal per week? I believe that if you only ate once per week, when meal time came around, you would be starving. When you arrive at your weekly potluck and the food is served, it is unlikely that you would be cheerful, greet others, and spend time talking with people about their personal needs. You probably won’t have a desire to socialize because you are starving. Your sole purpose would be to first feed yourself! I imagine you would squeeze through the crowd, fill your plate to overflowing, then sit contented and inactive with your 
belly full.

 

Sadly, many of us act the same way with our one-day-per-week praise. We are spiritually starved and arrive at church ravenous because our daily worship is weak or non existent. When we enter into the banquet – God’s House – spiritually starved, we focus on what is here for me instead of who is here for the Master. Unfortunately, because we are nearly empty, we fill up on the junk food of a bloated praise experience. Without proper spiritual nourishment, we can’t focus on sharing our faith or impacting others with our worship. We can’t give to others because we are too busy feeding ourselves. Yet we are starving for proper spiritual nourishment. We become bloated worshipers who are content with being full, instead of feeding others by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Spiritual starvation causes soul disease. We must digest God’s Word daily and spend time in private praise so that others can taste and see the bounty of God’s goodness in our lives.