Some days, thanking God on social media feels too… well, social.
It feels too public.
There’s nothing wrong, of course, with praising God publicly — in fact, we are commanded throughout Scripture to do so. Psalms especially tell us over and over to testify of His deeds among the nations, to praise Him in the sanctuary, to exalt Him before others. We must never disregard the need for corporate worship, public prayer, and shared times of testimony.
But how often do we offer praise publicly — and neglect it privately?
When was the last time you personally bowed in gratitude before your Heavenly Father… when no one else was around?
Our God is great and righteous and holy and omnipotent and omniscient and almighty.
But He is also intimately personal! He loves you and me individually, and He is intricately involved in our lives. He created you extra-specially, and holds you in the palm of His hand, and calls you the “apple of His eye.” He guides each of your footsteps, and keeps you from falling. He is always working out His perfect plan for you personally!
And He — your Creator and Redeemer — wants you to worship with Him privately.
Your Heavenly Father wants you to adore Him with your own heart and your own voice. He longs for you to offer praise and gratitude when it’s just between you and Him. He wants you to savor your time together as something intimate and cherished.
Praising and thanking God on social media is great, and likely encourages others to do the same (and I seriously hope people keep it up!). But too often, we join in simply so we won’t look ungrateful — or because “everyone else” is doing it. The end result is good, but it is often done mindlessly or even selfishly.
I challenge you to do something different this year…
Take it offline.
Commit to daily thanking God mindfully and reverently in the privacy of your own home.
Don’t wait to post something on Facebook or Twitter. Don’t wait to share your “thankfulness list” with everyone you know.
Take time today to bow privately before God in gratitude. Praise God personally for all the ways He has made Himself known in your life. Thank Him personally… without announcing it on social media. Keep it between you and God.
Be much in secret prayer. Converse less with man, and more with God. – tweet this
Feel free to share this with your circles — but then I hope you’ll spend time privately worshiping God instead of publicly commenting about it!
photo credit: Josh Kenzer