27 Verses About Thankfulness

Seeing as how Thanksgiving is on the 27th this year and just a few days away, I thought I’d compile a list of 27 Bible verses about thankfulness. Obviously, there are a lot more out there! But these are some of my favorites, in no particular order, and why I picked each one.

  1. Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High… ~Psalm 50:14 (ESV)
    • reminds me that God desires the thankfulness of my heart as a sacrifice that pleases him.
  2. “The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
        to one who orders his way rightly
        I will show the salvation of God!” ~Psalm 50:23 (ESV)

    • thankfulness not only honors God, it prepares my heart to see His ways
  3. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. ~Colossians 3:15 (ESV)
    • thankfulness keeps me humble and makes the way for peace with my family in Christ
  4. …give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ~1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV)
    • being thankful is being obedient to God’s will for me
  5. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe…  ~Hebrews 12:28 (ESV)
    • thankfulness naturally overflows into worship, and is a natural result of remembering my salvation
  6. You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
        you have loosed my sackcloth
        and clothed me with gladness,
    that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
        O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever! ~Psalm 30:11-12 (ESV)

    • thankfulness can be found in remembering what the LORD has done for my soul, and God deserves thanks for this forever.
  7. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
        for his steadfast love endures forever! ~Psalm 107:1 (ESV)

    • I always have a reason to thank the Lord: for His own character. Even when life circumstances are bad, my God is good. That is reason enough to be thankful.
  8. Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
        and his courts with praise!
        Give thanks to him; bless his name! ~Psalm 100:4 (ESV)

    • thankfulness is a good preparation for worship, and for meeting with the church family I have
  9. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. ~Ephesians 5:4 (ESV)
    • My speech is not be characterized by crudeness, but instead, thankfulness to God. Interesting that those are portrayed as opposites.
  10. It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
        to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
    to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
        and your faithfulness by night… ~Psalm 92:1-2 (ESV)

    • thankfulness should be, according to these verses, what opens and closes my day, not just on Thanksgiving day!
  11. I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
        before the gods I sing your praise; ~Psalm 138:1 (ESV)

    • According to my study bible, “gods” is most likely used to ridicule pagan kings and leaders at the time the psalmist wrote this. Today, I equate that to powerful people on earth, whether politician or cultural leaders, who do not know God. This reminds me to be thankful and praise the LORD despite what the rest of the surrounding culture is doing.
  12. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him,“Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” ~Luke 17:15-19 (ESV)
    • giving glory to God, worship, and thankfulness to Jesus are all closely linked here, reminding me that this is the same in my life.
    • the other nine men who were healed did not give God thanks, but went along with their lives, while the outsider (Samaritan) paused and appropriately thanked God. Thankfulness is not an automatic inclination of my heart but must be a conscious decision/habit.
    • Jesus gave the true healing–healing of the soul–to the man who was thankful.
  13. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.  ~Colossians 1:11 (ESV)
    • Thankfulness doesn’t overflow from my heart naturally, but from God enabling me, strengthening me with his glorious power and joy.
  14. We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for each other is increasing. ~2 Thessalonians 1:2 (ESV)
    • I am to be consciously thankful for seeing others grow in their faith and love
  15. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV)
    • Reminds me to humbly submit my requests to God but also to be thankful in my circumstances, whatever they are, and thankful for the peace only God can give.
  16. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. ~Colossians 3:17 (ESV)
    • thankfulness should be a part of everything I do and should always represent the Lord
  17. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. ~James 1:17 (ESV)
    • everything good in this world is a gift from God, and recognizing who gave it will automatically overflow into thanksgiving to Him
  18. You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! ~Psalm 118:28-29 (ESV)
    • another verse on thanking God for who He is, not who I am or what physical possessions I have.
  19. Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Psalm 105:1
    • I never really saw this verse before. Thanksgiving→ call upon the Lord→ share the good news with the whole world. Sounds like the Great Commission to me!
  20. First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people… ~1 Timothy 2:1 (ESV)
    • Indicates every person who crosses our path is to be lifted up in prayer with thankfulness to the Lord for them
  21. Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. ~Colossians 2:6-7 (ESV)
    • Maturity in Christ is characterized by abounding in thanksgiving
  22. I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High. ~Psalm 7:17 (ESV)
    • Another verse on being thankful for who God is, namely his righteousness.
  23. …giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ… ~Ephesians 5:20 (ESV)
    • We are to always give thanks to God the Father in everything
  24. Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! ~2 Corinthians 9:15 (ESV)
    • as much as I study the Gospel, I will never be able to fully express it or fully express my thanks to God for what He has done and is doing and will do!
  25. Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. ~Colossians 4:2 (ESV)
    • Thankfulness is not always purely emotional, this verse indicates a steady, wary watchfulness over my heart when I make thankfulness and prayer a habit.
  26. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. ~Romans 1:21 (ESV)
    • Lack of thankfulness darkens my heart and interestingly is one of the main kickboards into Paul’s list of sins that man commits against God in Romans 1.
  27. “And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name. But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we give you.” ~1 Chronicles 29:13 (ESV)
    • I love this passage as David dedicates the building materials for the Temple. For it reminds me of my own life– everything I own that I think I offer to God belongs to Him and was a gift from Him already.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Songs & Scripture: “How Great is Our God” (Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, and Jesse Reeves)

A few weeks ago I had the wonderful privilege of worshiping with some of the ladies of my church at a women’s retreat, and we sang this song and it was the most precious moment of the retreat together.

In honor of that I wanted to go deeper into this song, and discovered it is rich with Scripture and theology. The lines about God as the Father, Spirit, and Son especially became sweeter to me after studying the Scriptures filled with those references. I hope this study blesses you to know how great is our God!!

How Great is Our God
Written by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, and Jesse Reeves
CCLI#: 4348399
(c) 2004 sixsteps Music

The splendor of a king (Psalm 96:9, Psalm 104:1, Isaiah 33:17, Isaiah 33:22)
Clothed in majesty (Job 37:22, Psalm 93:1, Psalm 104:1)
Let all the earth rejoice (1 Chronicles 16:31, Psalm 96:11, 13, Psalm 97:1)
All the earth rejoice

He wraps Himself in light, (Psalm 104:2, Isaiah 60:19, 1 Timothy 6:16, 1 John 1:5, Revelation 21:23, Revelation 22:5)
And darkness tries to hide (Psalm 139:12, Isaiah 9:2, Matthew 4:16, Luke 1:79, Luke 2:32, John 1:4-5, Ephesians 5:8, 1 Peter 2:9)
And trembles at His voice (Psalm 46:6, Jeremiah 10:10, Nahum 1:5)
Trembles at His voice

[CHORUS:]
How great is our God – sing with me
How great is our God – and all will see
How great, how great is our God (Exodus 18:11, 2 Chronicles 2:5, Psalm 48:1, Psalm 86:10, Psalm 95:3, Psalm 96:4, Psalm 104:1, Psalm 135:5, Psalm 145:3, Psalm 147:5, Psalm 150:2, Job 36:26)

Age to age He stands (Psalm 90:2, Psalm 102:27, Job 36:26, Isaiah 40:28, Isaiah 43:13, Habakkuk 1:12, Hebrews 13:8)
And time is in His hands (Genesis 1:1, Psalm 102: 25, Isaiah 41:4)
Beginning and the end (Genesis 1:1, Exodus 3:14, Isaiah 44:6, Hebrews 13:8, Revelation 1:8, Revelation 1:17, Revelation 21:6, Revelation 22:13)
Beginning and the end

The Godhead Three in One
Father, Spirit and Son (Matthew 28:19, Galatians 4:6, Romans 8:15, Romans 14:17-18, Romans 15:16, 1 Corinthians 2:2-5, 1 Corinthians 6:11, 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Ephesians 2:18-22, Ephesians 3:14-19, Colossians 1:6-8, 1 Thessalonians 1:3-5, 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14, 1 Peter 1:1-2, Titus 3:4-6)
Lion and the Lamb (Genesis 49:9, Hosea 5:14, John 1:29, John 1:36, 1 Peter 1:19, Revelation 5:5-6,  Revelation 7:10, Revelation 7:17, Revelation 15:3, Revelation 21:22, Revelation 22:3)
Lion and the Lamb

[Chorus repeats]

Name above all names (Acts 4:12, Ephesians 1:21, Philippians 2:9-11)
Worthy of all praise (1 Chronicles 16:25, Psalm 18:3, Revelation 4:11, Revelation 5:12)
My heart will sing (Psalm 30:12)
How great is our God

[Chorus x 3]
Related Posts:

I found these sites exceedingly helpful in putting a list of verses together about the Trinity and laying out that doctrine:
Is the Doctrine of the Trinity in the Bible?
God as a Trinity

This site was great in pointing out some verses I hadn’t considered, and also was just a great devotional on the song!:
Story Song: How Great Is Our God

Songs & Scripture: Beautiful Things (Michael and Lisa Gungor)

Photo by Laura Shreck
Photo by Laura Shreck

My favorite lyrics in this song are at almost the end: You make me new, you are making me new! How amazing and true that is. God makes us new creations in Christ!

Beautiful Things
Written by Michael and Lisa Gungor
CCLI#: 5665521
(c) 2009 worshiptogether.com songs

All this pain (Psalm 13:1-2, Psalm 31:9-10, Psalm 38:17, Jeremiah 4:19, Jeremiah 15:18, Jeremiah 30:15, Lamentations 2:11, Habakkuk 1:2-4)
I wonder if I’ll ever find my way (Psalm 139:24, Matthew 7:13-14)
I wonder if my life could really change at all (Ephesians 4:22-24, Colossians 3:9-10)
All this earth (Genesis 6:5, Psalm 53:2-3, Psalm 102:18-20)
Could all that is lost ever be found (Matthew 10:39, Luke 15:3-7, Luke 15:8-10, Luke 15:32)
Could a garden come up from this ground at all (Genesis 2:8-9, Isaiah 35:1, Isaiah 43:19, Isaiah 51:3, Isaiah 55:13, Isaiah 61:11, Ezekiel 36:35-36)

[Chorus:]
You make beautiful things (Genesis 1:31, Ecclesiastes 3:11, Psalm 19:1)
You make beautiful things out of the dust (Genesis 2:7, Isaiah 61:3)
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us (Psalm 139:14, Isaiah 52:7, Romans 10:15)

All around
Hope is springing up from this old ground (Psalm 107:35, Isaiah 43:19, Lamentations 3:21-23, Colossians 1:5-6)
Out of chaos life is being found in You (John 1:4, 1 John 4:9, 1 John 5:11)

[chorus repeats x 2]

[Bridge:]
You make me new, You are making me new (Ezekiel 11:19, Ezekiel 36:26, Romans 6:4, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 6:15, Ephesians 4:24, Colossians 3:10, Revelation 21:4-5)
You make me new, You are making me new

[chorus repeats]

Songs & Scripture: “Lord, I Need You” (Matt Maher)

I love the raw honesty of this song. It’s not only incredibly biblical, but I think it reflects a desperation many of us have buried in our self-sufficient culture. Sometimes, I’ll admit, I don’t feel like I really need Jesus. But this song reminds me that I do, desperately, need Him.

And yes, this is another redone hymn. 🙂

Lord, I Need You
Writer(s): Daniel Carson, Kristian Stanfill, Christy Nockels, Matt Maher, Jesse Reeves
CCLI#: 5925687
(C) 2013 Provident Label Group LLC, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

Lord, I come, I confess (1 John 1:9)
Bowing here I find my rest (Jeremiah 6:16, Matthew 11:29, John 14:27)
Without You I fall apart (Colossians 1:17, Hebrews 1:3)
You’re the One that guides my heart (Proverbs 3:5-6)

[Chorus:]
Lord, I need You, oh, I need You (Psalm 40:17, Psalm 70:5, Psalm 86:1, Philippians 4:19, Hebrews 4:16)
Every hour I need You
My one defense, (Hebrews 7:25, 1 John 2:1)
my righteousness (Romans 1:17, 1 Corinthians 1:26-31, Philippians 3:8-9)
Oh God, how I need You
Where sin runs deep Your grace is more (Romans 5:20-21)
Where grace is found is where You are (2 Timothy 2:1)
And where You are, Lord, I am free (2 Corinthians 3:17)
Holiness is Christ in me (John 14:23, Romans 8:9-10, Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 3:16-17, Colossians 1:27)

[chorus repeats]

Teach my song to rise to You (Psalm 33:3, Psalm 119:11)
When temptation comes my way (Matthew 6:13, Matthew 26:41, Luke 11:4, Luke 22:40, 1 Corinthians 10:13, James 4:7)
And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
Jesus, You’re my hope and stay (1 Corinthians 3:11, 1 Timothy 1:1, Titus 2:13, 1 Peter 1:3-5, 1 Peter 5:10)

[chorus repeats]

Credit to these sites for getting me started:
http://www.worshiptogether.com/songs/songdetail.aspx?iid=1836138

22 Bible Verses About Temptation

http://www.openbible.info/topics/overcoming_temptation
http://www.newreleasetuesday.com/article.php?article_id=1147

Related sites:
I found this blog entry great on answering the question: What exactly does “my hope and stay” mean?
http://pocketsofdreams.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/jesus-is-my-hope-and-stay/

Songs & Scripture: “Open the eyes of my heart” (Paul Baloche)

Smiling Through Her Eyes
May we all be more like children, with our eyes open and our hearts soft. (Photo credit: Michael Mistretta)

I have always understood this song to be a plea to not be the kind of people God  condemns for their hardened hearts that cause them to not hear or see as in the passages from Isaiah and Ezekiel, but then I found it also is in Ephesians in the positive sense:

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.

~Ephesians 1:18, NIV

In fact, this is the verse that inspired Paul Baloche to write this song. You can read the rest of that story here.

Open the Eyes of My Heart
Written by Paul Baloche
CCLI#: 2298355

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord (Psalm 119:18Isaiah 6:9-10, Ezekiel 12:1-2, Matthew 13:13-17Acts 26:16-18, Acts 28:25-27Ephesians 1:18)
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see You (Exodus 33:18)
I want to see You (2x)

To see You high and lifted up (Isaiah 6:1)
Shining in the light of Your glory (Exodus 33:19-23)
Pour out Your power and love (Isaiah 44:3-5)
As we sing holy, holy, holy (Isaiah 6:3Revelation 4:8)

Holy, holy holy (Isaiah 6:3, Revelation 4:8)
Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy
I want to see You (2x)

With love,

Lauren