What does the Bible say about Thanksgiving day?
Scripture tells us that every day is a day of Thanksgiving! While Thanksgiving Day may be a holiday for us in the United States and other countries, as Christians, we don’t need a holiday to remind us to give thanks!
Just hover over these Bible verses to see what the Bible says about Thanksgiving day:
Ephesians 5:19-20 (this verse tells us to give thanks NONSTOP!)
Psalm 92:1-2 (this verse reminds to praise and show Him love “in the morning and … at night” – always!)
Colossians 2:6-7 (this verse tells us to continually live rooted in Christ and overflowing with thankfulness!)
Colossians 3:16-17 (this verses tells us in whatever we do to give thanks to Him!)
1 Chronicles 29:13 (this verses says “Now” we give thanks because why should we wait for a holiday?)
Hebrews 13:15 (this verse tells us to give “continual” praises to God)
Revelation 11:17 (this verse reminds us to give thanks because He reigns, which tells us to praise and give Him thanks…always!)
Bible Verses about Being Thankful to God
"O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever." 1 Chronicles 16:34, KJV
24 The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: 25 The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: 26 The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. Numbers 6:24-26, KJV
1 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Psalms 103:1-2, KJV
1 Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. 2 Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord? who can shew forth all his praise? Psalms 106:1-2, KJV
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. Psalms 28:7, KJV
Benefits of Thanksgiving
Here are some benefits of thanksgiving accompanied by Bible verses:
- Thanksgiving brings glory to God (See 1 Chronicles 16:29, Psalm 50:23, 2 Corinthians 4:15).
- Our praise and thanksgiving is an offering to Him (See again 1 Chronicles 16:29, Hebrews 13:15-16).
- Thanksgiving humbles us because it reminds us that we can’t, but He can and He reigns (See Jonah 2:9, Jeremiah 33:11, 2 Peter 3:18, Revelation 11:17, Nehemiah 8:10, Colossians 1:13).
- By giving thanks, we are doing His will! (1 Thessalonians 5:18, Ephesians 5:15-20, 1 Peter 2, 1 John 2:17, Psalm 150:6).
- Thanksgiving removes anxieties, doubts, fears, worries, etc! (Colossians 3:15, Philippians 4:6-7, Exodus 15:2, Psalm 56:4)
- Thanksgiving brings us joy! (Psalm 145:1-21, Psalm )
- Thanksgiving strengthens our faith! (Daniel 2:23, Just think about all the people in the Bible who praised and worshiped Him and God was pleased with them)
- Thanksgiving removes satan’s strongholds. (James 4:7, James 1:12)
Bible verses about being thankful for blessings
(hover over these bible verses about being thankful for blessings)
Types of thanksgiving in the Bible
One type of thanksgiving in the Bible: dancing
One type of thanksgiving in the Bible is found in 2 Samuel 6:14 (KJV), where we learn that “David danced before the Lord with all his might.”
What would “with all his might” look like?
What is certain is that it wasn’t a simple, embarrassed dance which we might do at someone’s wedding (can you see the gif below? that’s totally me lol)
And we don’t know how he danced, but he must have been moving every inch of his body if it was “with all his might.”
David had much to praise God for and couldn’t contain it!
Have you been to a Christian concert (maybe it was during the holidays) and you just couldn’t contain your worship? That’s what I think it must have been. I’ll have to read what commentators say about David’s dancing.
Another type of thanksgiving is found in Psalm 51:17
Psalm 51:17 tells us, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”
So, another type of thanksgiving in the Bible is a broken and contrite heart. The reason why is because God loves that we are seeking Him in our brokenness and sadness. He loves when we go to Him in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18), especially when we are in a spiritual valley.
Sometimes we avoid going to God when we are down because we feel unworthy, sinful, or regretful (maybe something else?).
But we can and must go to Him regardless to praise Him and to thank Him because He knows best and is Sovereign.
Luke 12:7 (KJV) says, “But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: [you] are of more value than many sparrows.”
If we would only remember that, we’d have no anxiety!
A third type: musical instruments
The Bible tells in Psalm 149:1-3 and Psalm 150:4-5 that singing and playing instruments to His glory are a form of praise and worship! A way for us to express our gratitude to Him!
A fourth type of thanksgiving in the Bible: our actions and words (our obedience to Him)
This one is a given, but I am adding it here as a reminder 😉
Why is thanksgiving important in the Bible? Why is it important to give thanks to God?
Thanksgiving is important in the Bible because it honors God. We show Him our admiration, appreciation and love for Him when we give Him thanks.
Also, if we think of all His daily blessings, how can we not thank Him for being mindful of our needs and wants!
Reminds me of Psalm 8:4 (NIV) which says, “what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.”
It’s important to remember to thank Him without there being a holiday to remind us to do it. Every day is a day of thanksgiving and scripture reminds us of this.
The Thanksgiving holiday should be a culmination of praises to Him, where we praise Him with all our might (similar to David who danced with all his might before the Lord in worship).
Bible verses on thanksgiving in pdf
For the month of November, I have prepared this calendar to help you memorize scripture and thank Him daily! Now, you can really say that every day is a day of thanksgiving with Scripture!
(ps: It may work best in Google Chrome than in Safari.)
How do you express your gratitude to God?
Did you find this helpful?
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