Come Thanksgiving you're sure to be focused on how to cook the turkey just right and perfecting your stuffing, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, and the rest of your feast. But amidst the food and family frenzy, it's easy to forget the holiday is actually not Turkeysgiving but Thanksgiving. Enter: Thanksgiving Bible verses.
These words that have stood the test of time call our hearts back to a place of gratitude and thankfulness. 1 Thessalonians 5 reminds us to "give thanks in all circumstances," while Psalm 100 calls us to "enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise."
So before or after you stuff your plate and stomach full, consider sharing a few of these Bible verses about Thanksgiving and gratitude around the table both to mark the day and to encourage yourself and your loved ones to be thankful for blessings all year long. While you are it, you might want to read through these Thanksgiving quotes, Thanksgiving Psalms, or even Thanksgiving poems to remember why we celebrate Thanksgiving in the first place.
And now for 35 of our favorite Thanksgiving scriptures to help cultivate hearts of gratitude this festive season and beyond.
Thanksgiving Bible Verses About Gratitude
"But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear."
1 Chronicles 16:34
"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever."
"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful."
"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful."
1 Corinthians 1:4
"I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus."
2 Corinthians 9:11
"You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God."
1 Timothy 4:4-5
"For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer."
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
"But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’"
"The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him."
"Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High."
Bible Verses About Thanksgiving
"You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound."
1 Corinthians 9:10
"Surely he says this for us, doesn't he? Yes, this was written for us, because when farmers plow and thresh, they should be able to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest."
2 Corinthians 9:10
"Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness."
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."
"You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as soldiers rejoice when dividing the plunder."
"They do not say to themselves, 'Let us fear the Lord our God, who gives autumn and spring rains in season, who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.'"
"The earth has yielded its produce; God, our God, blesses us."
"From the fruit of their mouths people's stomachs are filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied."
"Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud, 'Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.'"
Thanksgiving Bible Verses About Praise
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
"Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our 'God is a consuming fire.'"
1 Chronicles 16:23-26
"Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens."
1 Chronicles 29:13
"And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name."
"Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name."
"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him."
"In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?"
"I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving."
"I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself."
"Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise 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."
“It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp.”
"Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name."
"Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things."
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."
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