Bible Verses About Thanksgiving and Gratitude

If we take inventory of God’s blessings in our lives, there are so many reasons to be thankful. But our daily struggles often distract us from our obligation to offer thanks to the Lord. Thanksgiving festivities force us to take a few moments to express our gratitude for friends, family, and all the blessings of the previous year.

As servants of God, giving thanks is not an option, it is God’s command. But society has a way of changing our focus to everything from turkey dinners to college football.

We should remind ourselves that Thanksgiving is more than secularism suggests. It’s an attitude that we can exhibit in every action we take. Thankfully, the Bible gives us much direction on how to go about giving thanks.

What Does it Mean to Have a Grateful Heart?

“In happy moments, PRAISE GOD. In difficult moments, SEEK GOD. In quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD. In painful moments, TRUST GOD. Every moment, THANK GOD.”

Pastor Rick Warren

Having a grateful heart allows us to take the spotlight off of ourselves and direct it back to God where it belongs. Gratefulness begins by recognizing that everything we have in life is a reflection of God’s promise. It is also a measure of our faith, in that, strong faith allows us to remain grateful to God even during tough times.

Having a grateful heart means that internalize our gratefulness to the point that we can be thankful for ALL THINGS.

Thanksgiving Quotes

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

“If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.”

Gerald Good

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart.”

Helen Keller

“Appreciation can change a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.”

Margaret Cousins

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

William Arthur Ward

Bible Verses Expressing Gratitude

Psalm 95:1-3

“O Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.” 

Psalm 95:1-3

Psalm 100:4-5

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”

Psalm 100:4-5

Psalm 118:29

“Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love endures forever.”

Psalm 118:29

Psalm 9:1

I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.”

Psalm 9:1

Psalm 7:17

“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

Colossians 3:15

“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

Colossians 4:2

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”

Colossians 4:2

1 Thessalonians 5:18

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Psalm 107:1

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!”

Psalm 107:1

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