Even in the midst of dire circumstances there is much to be thankful for: We are forgiven and free from the chains of guilt, delivered from the hopelessness of facing an eternal existence in hell, blessed with all that we need, and we are given the opportunity to stand before a holy God and to call Him Father. Let the following verses encourage you to cultivate a heart of gratitude as you meditate on God’s goodness as presented in His Word.

Top 7 Bible Verses for Thanksgiving

Ephesians 1:15-16: “For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” During the times when we are not seeing things clearly we can be inspired and refocused by the faith of others and show gratefulness to God for their example.


Colossians 3:17: “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” This passage serves as a bit of a litmus test because if you can’t do something in Jesus name and with thanksgiving, maybe it’s better left undone. A heart of thanksgiving lends the correct posture for all that we do.


Isaiah 12:4: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people, proclaim that his name is exalted.” We don’t typically associate Thanksgiving with evangelism but this verse reminds us and charges us to not only thank God, call out to Him, and praise Him for all His blessings, but also to share the good news with others.


Nehemiah 12:46-47: “For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chiefs of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving to God…all Israel gave the portions for the singers and the gatekeepers, a portion for each day. They also consecrated holy things for the Levites, and the Levites consecrated them for the children of Aaron.”  Matthew Henry says of this passage, “And whatever we do, must be purified by the blood of sprinkling, and by the grace of the Holy Spirit, or it cannot be acceptable to God.” Without Jesus, true worship cannot exist.


Eph 1:15-16: “Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers”. We should not only thank the Lord for meeting our needs of food and shelter –but also for friends and family that encourage us with their words, their knowledge, and their testimony of God’s faithfulness.


Psalm 28:7: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.” David declares praise to God with true experience. The greatest praise uttered is the sacrifice of praise and worship coming from the lips of one struggling with burdens and experiencing weakness.


Psalm 107:1-2: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe…” The phrase “His love endures forever” is repeated in several places throughout scripture (like Psalm 106:1). As the reminder of God’s enduring love and His goodness provokes a heart of thanksgiving, take that heart of gratitude and tell your story.

Want even more Bible verses for Thanksgiving? Check out our Top 30 Thanksgiving Bible verses.

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Kristi Winkler is a contributing writer for Sharefaith, a veteran eLearning developer, writer/editor, and business software analyst. Her writing gives a voice to the ministry experts she consults with and interviews.

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