13 Bible Verses about Thanksgiving and Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Faithlife!

C. S. Lewis once wrote, “We ought to give thanks for all fortune: if it is good because it is good, if bad because it works in us patience, humility, and the contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country.”1

Lewis reminds us—despite the culture and context of current events—why we should, like Paul exhorts, “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thess 5:18).

Here are 13 Bible verses about thanksgiving and gratitude to meditate on this Thanksgiving to help refocus us as we, like Lewis, long for our “eternal country.”

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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 69:30

I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.

Psalm 50:23

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 95:2

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

1 Chronicles 16:34

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

John 11:41

And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.”

Matthew 11:25

At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.”

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 4:2

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.

2 Corinthians 9:11

You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.

1 Timothy 4:4

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving.

Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

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


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