Praise God in Private

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.

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

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2 thoughts on “Praise God in Private

  1. Thanks for this…really needed it as it has been on my heart lately that I’ve been too consumed with my online presence vs. at home presence. It’s easy to get wrapped up with blogging, twitter, facebook, etc. and then spending time online searching for gift ideas, recipes, crafts. It can leave very little time to be still before the Lord and to just thank Him quietly. I read Matthew 6 recently in which Jesus speaks of praying in secret and giving in secret and fasting in secret for our Father sees in secret and will reward us. Now I’m wanting to study what that reward is… 🙂 Thanks for your challenging blog post!

    1. I just read that chapter too! It’s what made me start thinking about this. Why is it so hard to just be still before God, when that is also one of the most rewarding things?!

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