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Thanksgiving in Psalms

  • Psalm 7:17 – I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High.
  • Psalm 9:1 – I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
  • Psalm 28:7 – The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.
  • Psalm 30:4 – Sing the praises of the LORD, you his faithful people; praise his holy name.
  • Psalm 31:7 – I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul.
  • Psalm 34:1 – I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.
  • Psalm 69:30 – I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.
  • Psalm 95:2 – Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
  • Psalm 100:4 – Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
  • Psalm 107:1 – Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Gratitude in Paul’s Letters

  • Ephesians 5:20 – always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Philippians 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
  • Colossians 3:15 – Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
  • Colossians 3:16 – Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
  • Colossians 3:17 – And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
  • 1 Corinthians 1:4 – I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.
  • 1 Corinthians 15:57 – But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 2 Corinthians 2:14 – But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.
  • 2 Corinthians 9:15 – Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

Old Testament Instances of Thanksgiving

  • 1 Chronicles 16:8 – Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.
  • 1 Chronicles 16:34 – Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
  • 2 Chronicles 5:13 – The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: “He is good; his love endures forever.” Then the temple of the LORD was filled with the cloud.
  • 2 Chronicles 7:3 – When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the LORD above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the LORD, saying, “He is good; his love endures forever.”
  • 2 Chronicles 20:21 – After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever.”
  • Ezra 3:11 – With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the LORD: “He is good; his love toward Israel endures forever.” And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.
  • Nehemiah 12:31 – I had the leaders of Judah go up on top of the wall. I also assigned two large choirs to give thanks. One was to proceed on top of the wall to the right, toward the Dung Gate.
  • Psalm 106:1 – Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
  • Psalm 116:17 – I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the LORD.
  • Psalm 136:1 – Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.

Thankfulness in Adversity

  • Habakkuk 3:17-18 – Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
  • James 1:2-3 – Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
  • Romans 5:3-4 – Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
  • 2 Corinthians 4:15 – All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
  • 1 Peter 1:6-7 – In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
  • Philippians 1:3 – I thank my God every time I remember you.
  • Philippians 1:5 – because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,
  • Philippians 2:14 – Do everything without grumbling or arguing,
  • Colossians 1:11-12 – being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.

Thankfulness for God’s Provision

  • Deuteronomy 8:10 – When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.
  • Philippians 4:12-13 – I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
  • Matthew 6:31-32 – So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
  • 1 Timothy 4:4-5 – For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.
  • Acts 14:17 – Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.
  • 2 Corinthians 9:10 – Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
  • James 1:17 – Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
  • Psalm 104:14-15 – He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate—bringing forth food from the earth: wine that gladdens human hearts, oil to make their faces shine, and bread that sustains their hearts.
  • Psalm 136:25 – He gives food to every creature. His love endures forever.
  • Psalm 145:15-16 – The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

Thankfulness in the Gospels

  • Luke 17:15-16 – One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
  • Matthew 15:36 – Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people.
  • John 6:11 – Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
  • Luke 22:17-19 – After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
  • Mark 8:6 – He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people, and they did so.
  • John 11:41 – So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.”
  • Matthew 11:25 – At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.
  • Luke 10:21 – At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.”
  • Mark 14:23 – Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it.
  • Luke 18:11 – The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.

Thanksgiving for God’s Deliverance

  • 2 Samuel 22:50 – Therefore I will praise you, LORD, among the nations; I will sing the praises of your name.
  • Psalm 32:7 – You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
  • Psalm 50:14 – Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High,
  • Psalm 56:12 – I am under vows to you, my God; I will present my thank offerings to you.
  • Psalm 118:21 – I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.
  • Isaiah 12:1-2 – In that day you will say: “I will praise you, LORD. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me. Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”
  • Acts 16:25 – About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.
  • Psalm 118:28-29 – You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
  • Psalm 116:8 – For you, LORD, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling,
  • Jeremiah 30:19 – From them will come songs of thanksgiving and the sound of rejoicing. I will add to their numbers, and they will not be decreased; I will bring them honor, and they will not be disdained.

Thanksgiving and Worship

  • Psalm 95:1-2 – Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
  • Psalm 100:1-2 – Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
  • 1 Chronicles 29:13 – Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.
  • Nehemiah 12:46-47 – For long ago, in the days of David and Asaph, there were directors of the singers and songs of praise and thanksgiving to God. In the days of Zerubbabel and Nehemiah, all Israel contributed the daily portions for the singers and the gatekeepers. They also set aside the portion for the other Levites, and the Levites set aside the portion for the descendants of Aaron.
  • Psalm 147:7 – Sing to the LORD with grateful praise; make music to our God on the harp.
  • Psalm 69:30 – I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.
  • Colossians 3:16 – Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
  • Psalm 9:1-2 – I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.
  • Psalm 79:13 – Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will praise you forever; from generation to generation we will proclaim your praise.
  • Psalm 105:1-2 – Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.

Thanksgiving for Spiritual Blessings

  • Ephesians 1:3 – Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
  • Ephesians 1:16 – I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.
  • Colossians 1:3 – We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,
  • 2 Thessalonians 1:3 – We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.
  • 2 Thessalonians 2:13 – But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.
  • Philemon 1:4 – I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers,
  • 1 Corinthians 1:4-5 – I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge—
  • Romans 6:17 – But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance.
  • 1 Peter 2:9 – But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
  • 2 Corinthians 4:15 – For all this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

Thanksgiving in Prayer

  • Philippians 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
  • 1 Timothy 2:1 – I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—
  • Daniel 6:10 – Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.
  • Nehemiah 11:17 – Mattaniah son of Mica, son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, the director who led in thanksgiving and prayer; Bakbukiah, second among his associates; and Abda son of Shammua, son of Galal, son of Jeduthun.
  • Colossians 4:2 – Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
  • Acts 27:35 – After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat.
  • Romans 1:8 – First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.
  • Ephesians 5:20 – always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Colossians 1:9-12 – For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.
  • 1 Thessalonians 1:2 – We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers.

Thanksgiving for God’s Faithfulness

  • Lamentations 3:22-23 – Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
  • Psalm 36:5 – Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.
  • Psalm 89:1 – I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.
  • Psalm 92:1-2 – It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night,
  • Psalm 100:5 – For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
  • Psalm 117:2 – For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD.
  • 1 Corinthians 10:13 – No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
  • 2 Timothy 2:13 – If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
  • Hebrews 10:23 – Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
  • 1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Thanksgiving for God’s Love

  • Romans 8:38-39 – For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • Ephesians 2:4-5 – But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
  • Psalm 107:8-9 – Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
  • Psalm 136:26 – Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.
  • 1 John 4:16 – And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
  • John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
  • John 15:9-10 – As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.
  • Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
  • Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
  • Ephesians 3:17-19 – So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Thanksgiving for God’s Creation

  • Genesis 1:31 – God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
  • Psalm 8:3-4 – When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
  • Psalm 19:1 – The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
  • Psalm 104:24 – How many are your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
  • Psalm 136:5-9 – Who by his understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever. Who spread out the earth upon the waters, His love endures forever. Who made the great lights—His love endures forever. The sun to govern the day, His love endures forever. The moon and stars to govern the night; His love endures forever.
  • Psalm 139:13-14 – For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
  • Psalm 148:3-5 – Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars. Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies. Let them praise the name of the LORD, for at his command they were created,
  • Isaiah 40:26 – Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.
  • Revelation 4:11 – “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
  • Job 12:7-10 – “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”

Thanksgiving for God’s Guidance

  • Psalm 23:1-3 – The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
  • Psalm 25:4-5 – Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
  • Psalm 32:8 – I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
  • Psalm 48:14 – For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.
  • Psalm 73:24 – You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.
  • Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
  • Isaiah 58:11 – The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
  • John 16:13 – But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
  • Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
  • Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Thanksgiving for God’s Protection

  • Psalm 18:2 – The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
  • Psalm 27:1 – The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?
  • Psalm 91:1-2 – Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
  • Proverbs 2:7-8 – He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:3 – But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.
  • Psalm 121:7-8 – The LORD will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
  • Psalm 20:1 – May the LORD answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
  • Psalm 59:16 – But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.
  • Psalm 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
  • Nahum 1:7 – The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.

Thanksgiving for the Joy of Salvation

  • Psalm 51:12 – Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
  • Isaiah 12:2-3 – Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
  • Acts 8:39 – When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.
  • Luke 10:20 – However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.
  • Romans 5:11 – Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
  • Psalm 13:5 – But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.
  • Isaiah 61:10 – I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
  • 1 Peter 1:8-9 – Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
  • Luke 1:47 – And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
  • Psalm 9:14 – that I may declare your praises in the gates of Daughter Zion, and there rejoice in your salvation.