The first part of this verse actually comes from Jeremiah 9:24 and is more of a warning…our praise should be to the Lord and not about ourselves. For when we laud our own accomplishments…God is quietly taken out of the picture, as if He had nothing to do with it. Thus we need to be seeking approval of God, not man. And this approval only comes from being tested, with endurance, not losing faith. I once heard it said, that if you think you’re a great leader but when you turn around no one is following you…you’re just out for a walk by yourself.