20 Scriptures to Meditate on This Thanksgiving


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The thanksgiving holiday is often accompanied by just that- thanksgiving! Certainly, it is a time set aside for football, family, and full stomachs, but there is a particular focus on gratitude for the things that we have. As followers of Jesus, saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9), we have much to be thankful for. But what does the Bible say about being thankful? In this blog, we’ll be sharing twenty Scriptures that you should meditate on this thanksgiving as you praise God for all He is and all that He has done.


  1. “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”- Psalm 100

  2. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

  3. “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”- Colossians 4:2

  4. “Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord or fully declare his praise?”- Psalm 106:1-2

  5. “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Cry out, “Save us, God our Savior; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory in your praise.” Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.”- 1 Chronicles 16:34-36

  6. “I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hooves.”- Psalm 69:30-31

  7. “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.”- Psalm 28:7

  8. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”- James 1:17

  9. “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”- 1 Corinthians 15:56-57

  10. “I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.”- Psalm 7:17

  11. “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”- Philippians 4:4-6

  12. “Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High,”- Psalm 50:14

  13. “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”- Colossians 2:6-7

  14. “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.”- 1 Chronicles 16:8

  15. “But thanks be to God who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.”- 2 Corinthians 2:14

  16. “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 Timothy 4:4-5

  17. “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.””- Hebrews 12:28-29

  18. “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.”- Psalm 107:8-9

  19. “Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk, or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.”- Ephesians 5:4

  20. “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people-”- 1 Timothy 2:1


Share these Scriptures with your family and friends this holiday, and encourage them to give thanks to the Lord our God!


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