Thanksgiving is a wonderful autumn holiday, when folks across America gather with loved ones to share fine food and fellowship, as well as appreciation for many provisions and blessings. By tradition, pertinent encouraging Bible verses may be read or shared during many Thanksgiving celebrations.
What treasured Bible verses are most appropriate for a Thanksgiving focus?
Consider these 10 favorite Bible verses for Thanksgiving.
These passages of Scripture may be particularly appropriate for sharing at the Thanksgiving dinner table, as well as in Thanksgiving cards and greetings.
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The verses are listed here in biblical order, with reference links leading to online Bible translations or paraphrases for context and further study.
1. Thanksgiving to God
“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is Yours, O Lord, and this is Your kingdom. We adore You as the One who is over all things. Wealth and honor come from You alone, for You rule over everything. Power and might are in Your hand, and at Your discretion people are made great and given strength. O our God, we thank You and praise Your glorious name!” (1 Chronicles 29:11-13, NLT)
Thanksgiving is a wonderful occasion for recalling and recounting how everything good comes from God. The Creator of the world and the Giver of Life itself warrants our worship. As this Bible passage clearly spells out, may we give God glory and honor on Thanksgiving and every day.
2. Thanksgiving for God-given joys
“You have turned my mourning into dancing for me; You have put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness, To the end that my tongue and my heart and everything glorious within me may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.” (Psalm 30:11-12, AMP)
This favorite Scripture resounds with rejoicing and thanksgiving to the Lord, who can redeem our sorrows and truly transform mourning into dancing. Does such a great God not deserve our appreciation, at Thanksgiving and always?
3. A sacrifice of thanksgiving
“He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God.” (Psalm 50:23, NASB)
This oft-quoted Scripture points out how Thanksgiving is actually a sacrifice of praise to God. As we carve our Thanksgiving turkeys, may we stop to honor the One from whom all blessings come.
4. Thanksgiving and gladness to God
“It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim Your love in the morning and Your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp. For You make me glad by your deeds, O Lord; I sing for joy at the works of Your hands. How great are Your works, O Lord, how profound Your thoughts!” (Psalm 92:1-5, NIV)
What a wonderful Bible passage for Thanksgiving. Will we not desire to shout to the Lord in gratitude for the great God that He is and the works He has done in our lives?
5. Worship with thanksgiving
“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture, And the sheep of His hand.” (Psalm 95:6-7, NKJV)
This Bible passage offers a call to worship and bow down before the Lord with thanksgiving – for who He is and how He cares for His own. What apt advice for Thanksgiving, of all days.
6. Thanksgiving praises
“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations.” (Psalm 100, KJV)
Let us make a joyful noise to the Lord, and even more so on Thanksgiving. Many children memorize Psalm 100 in Bible classes or Sunday school. Whether you recall this favorite Bible Psalm from rote learning, traditional hymns or modern worship choruses, it truly deserves memorization. What a wonderful Psalm for our wonderful God.
- Abbreviations of Scripture Translations Used:
- AMP = The Amplified Bible (Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation).
- CEV = Contemporary English Version (Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society).
- KJV = King James Version (Public Domain)
- MSG = The Message (Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson).
- NASB = New American Standard Version (Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation).
- NIRV = New International Readers Version (Copyright © 1996, 1998 by International Bible Society).
- NIV = New International Version (Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society).
- NLT = New Living Translation (Copyright © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers.).
7. Thanksgiving to the Great and Faithful One
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” (Lamentations 3:22-26, NIV)
Great is the faithfulness of the Lord God – at Thanksgiving and throughout every day of our lives. These beautiful Old Testament lines exhort us to honor Jehovah God for His constant faithfulness and His great grace, which is new and abundant every day.
8. Thanksgiving for Christ
“Each one of you is part of the body of Christ, and you were chosen to live together in peace. So let the peace that comes from Christ control your thoughts. And be grateful. Let the message about Christ completely fill your lives, while you use all your wisdom to teach and instruct each other. With thankful hearts, sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. Whatever you say or do should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks to God the Father because of Him.” (Colossians 3:15-17, CEV)
What Thanksgiving is complete, for the Christian believer, without praising the name of Jesus? This Bible verse refocuses readers on the reason for joy, thankfulness and the meaning of life. Every expression of appreciation and everything that we appreciate may be rooted in the matchless name of the Holy One and His glorious Son.
9. Thanksgiving no matter what
Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank Him because you believe in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIrV)
Many folks face difficult times at Thanksgiving. Sickness, physical pain, unemployment, financial worries, relationship problems and other concerns may make thankfulness feel somewhat remote. But this Bible verse admonishes us to thank God anyway. Can we examine our lives and find unnamed blessings that lead to gratitude, and will we bring praise the Lord for His daily care?
10. Thanksgiving for God’s gifts
“Everything God created is good, and to be received with thanks. Nothing is to be sneered at and thrown out. God’s Word and our prayers make every item in creation holy.” (1 Timothy 4:4-5, MSG)
What good gifts has God given to us? For what can we be grateful at Thanksgiving this year? This Scripture passage reminds us that God makes all things good, and that we ought to praise Him for what He has made. These verses are also an exhortation to pray before we dig into our Thanksgiving turkey, as our prayers may dedicate our Thanksgiving gatherings to God’s own glory.
How to use special Scriptures for Thanksgiving
Why not print several Thanksgiving Scriptures on cardstock to make individual Bible cards for your holiday table place settings? You might also decide to create Bible verse magnets, Scripture bookmarks or laminated Bible promise bookmarks as place cards for your Thanksgiving table.
However a holiday host may decide to present Bible verses for Thanksgiving, family members and guests may be both affirmed and encouraged by these biblical reminders of gratitude to God on Thanksgiving and every day.