Give Thanks to God - Bible Verses of Thanksgiving
Bible Verses of Thanks
Giving thanks is not just a for holidays with parades and turkeys. Giving thanks is stopping every day to take inventory on all the blessings God has bestowed on you.
Living a grateful life will help you to life a happy life. We cannot take for granted all that is around us.
Many will remember to say grace over their meal. Many will even list things that they are grateful for. But we must also remember WHO we are thankful to. Don't just say you are "grateful for", say you are "grateful to God for".
Give thanks to God throughout your day!
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Scripture Verses of Thanksgiving in the Old Testament
1 Chronicles 16:8
Give thanks to the LORD, call on 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.
1 Chronicles 16:35
Cry out, "Save us, O God our Savior; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, that we may glory in your praise."
1 Chronicles 29:13
Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.
"I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers: You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king."
But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the LORD."
Ceremony of Thanksgiving - Verses of Thanks
For Church Services, Bible Studies, or Family Devotions
Print each of these verses out, and cut them so that each verse is on its own little slip of paper. Place the slips into a bowl, plate, or bag.
With your group in a circle, pass the bowl around so everyone can chose a verse. Then go around having each person read their verse and then share with the group one thing they are grateful to God for.
This could also be incorporated into the worship service. Attach one verse to each person's worship bulletin. During the service, the leader can randomly call on someone in the church to share what they are thankful for. They can stand, tell something they are thankful for, and then read there verse. Intermingle choruses about thanks for a memorable and meaningful service.
Songs of Thanksgiving
Give praise to God in song. Music is so powerful. These beautiful songs are all about thanking God for all His many blessings.
Thanksgiving Verses in the Book of Psalm
Psalms of Thanksgiving (NIV)
I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.
that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever.
I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among throngs of people I will praise you.
We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks, for your Name is near; men tell of your wonderful deeds.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter and give thanks to the LORD.
I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.
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Keep A Gratitude Journal - A Personal Log of Thanksgivings
One way to deepen your relationship with God, and give yourself a happier life, is to keep a journal of all the wonderful things you have to be grateful for. Taking the time to write down your blessings is a great way to show yourself the reasons to be happy, and it gives you something to look back on in times of sadness or weariness so that you may see that even when you feel lonely, God is with you.
Take a few moments each day to be thankful.
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The Music of Gratitude - Songs of Thanksgiving
Gratitude allows a person to recognize all the wonderful things that God has given them, and an attitude of gratitude often bubbles over into inspiration. There are so many beautiful songs of thanksgiving!
Preview these songs of gratitude, and click the Buy MP3 button to download the full song (legally!).
Verses of Thanksgiving in the New Testament
(New International Version - NIV)
Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to set before the people. He also divided the two fish among them all.
[Paul's Longing to Visit Rome] First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.
1 Corinthians 1:4
[Thanksgiving] I always thank 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 in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.
2 Corinthians 9:15
Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
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 1:2
We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers.
1 Thessalonians 2:13
And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.
1 Timothy 1:12
[The Lord's Grace to Paul] I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.
Attitudes of Gratitude
"Gratitude", says M. J. Ryan, "is the mother of joy. As we focus on what we're thankful for, fear, anger, and bitterness simply melt away, seemingly without effort". In this inspiring book, Ryan shows readers how to nurture this attitude every day of their lives. Short, easy-to-digest essays explain why gratitude chases away negative emotions -- and how gratitude possible even in times of pain and hardship. Attitudes of Gratitude, written in the style of Richard Carlson's Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, will be required reading for people everywhere who want to make their lives sing with a sense of hope, joy, and possibility.