10 Contemporary Christian Thanksgiving Songs
Celebrate Thanksgiving with Christian Songs of Praise
Thanksgiving is a good time to "count [our] blessings, name them one by one." More important, it's a good time to praise the One who is the source of our blessings.
Thanksgiving is a public opportunity to honor God and recognize His work in our lives. My family celebrates the holiday with music. We like to sing our praise on Thanksgiving and throughout the year.
1. Blessed Be Your Name | Tree63
"Blessed Be Your Name" is a song by Matt Redman, a songwriter and worship leader from the United Kingdom. Many bands have covered his song through the years.
We like the version by Tree63, a contemporary Christian music band from South Africa. The song speaks of abundance and praise:
"Blessed be your name / In the land that is plentiful / Where your streams of abundance flow / Blessed be your name."
2. Doxology | David Crowder Band
"Doxology" is a short hymn of praise to our triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Christians often sing the doxology during their worship services. The tradition has roots in a similar Jewish practice.
Many contemporary Christian music artists have recorded "Doxology." We like a version by the David Crowder Band.
The lyrics come from the last verse of "Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun." This longer hymn was written by Thomas Ken, a 17th century Anglican priest:
"Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow / Praise Him, all creatures here below / Praise Him above, ye heavenly host / Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen."
3. Enough | Chris Tomlin
"Enough" is a song by Chris Tomlin, a contemporary Christian singer and songwriter from Texas. It expresses our sufficiency in Christ.
"Enough" essentially says, "Jesus is all I need." The song is popular in many contemporary worship services.
Many contemporary Christian music artists have covered the song, but we like the Tomlin version:
"All of you is more than enough for all of me / For every thirst and every need / You satisfy me with your love / And all I have in You is more than enough."
4. For These Reasons | Lincoln Brewster
"For These Reasons" is a ballad by a singer and guitarist named Lincoln Brewster. His words of adoration for the Lord make this song a great choice for Thanksgiving celebrations:
"For Your endless love / For the life You gave / For the second chance / For Your priceless grace / For Your healing hands / For the gift of peace / For the blessed hope / And for the faith to believe."
5. Forever | Chris Tomlin
"Forever" is another Chris Tomlin song that we like. Popular in worship services, it explores the themes of faithfulness and assurance, and it's a wonderful Christian thanksgiving song.
Do the lyrics sound familiar? They grew out of Psalm 136:
"Give thanks to the Lord, our King and God / His love endures forever / For He is good, He is above all things / His love endures forever / Sing praise, sing praise."
6. The Only Thing That's Beautiful in Me | Rush of Fools
"The Only Thing That's Beautiful in Me" is a new way to celebrate Thanksgiving.
The offering comes from Rush of Fools, a contemporary Christian band. Their song draws inspiration from Psalm 30:
"Just like a mountain peak / You lift me up / Just like a desert stream / You fill my cup / And like a heart that beats / You are the blood that covers me / You cover me."
7. Thank You | Hillsong
"Thank You" is a popular ballad from Hillsong, an Australian worship band known worldwide for its praise and worship music.
This Christian thanksgiving song is one of praise, honor, and glory to Jesus:
"Thank You for Your kindness / Thank You for Your mercy / Thank You for the cross / Thank You for the price you paid ...
Thank You for salvation / Thank You for unending grace / Thank You for Your hope / Thank You for this life You gave."
8. Thank You for Saving Me | Delirious
"Thank You For Saving Me" is a ballad by Delirious, an English group that was once called The Cutting Edge Band.
The song is appropriate for Easter and Thanksgiving celebrations. As the name implies, it follows salvation and thanksgiving themes:
"Mercy and grace are mine, forgiven is my sin / Jesus my only hope, the Saviour of the world / "Great is the Lord" we cry / God let your kingdom come / Your word has let me see / Thank you for saving me!"
9. Thank You, Lord | Paul Baloche
"Thank You, Lord" is a little different from the other songs on our list. IT is a thanksgiving Christian song with an upbeat country style.
Don Moen's recording is a good one, but we like the Paul Baloche version. It's the perfect song of gratitude and praise for family Thanksgiving celebrations:
"I come before You today, and there's just one thing that I want to say / Thank You, Lord, thank You, Lord for all You've given to me, for all the blessings that I cannot see."
10. This is How We Know | Matt Redman
"This is How We Know" rounds out our list of ten Thanksgiving songs by contemporary Christian music artists.
Matt Redman's beautiful offering is a song of love, sacrifice, and salvation. While it is not officially a "Thanksgiving song," it certainly expresses the best reason to give thanks to God:
"For You so loved the world / That You gave Your only Son / Love amazing, so divine / We will love You in return ...
For this life that You give / For this death that You have died / Love amazing, so divine / We will love You in reply, Lord."
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© 2011 Annette R. Smith
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