Are we actually practicing thanksgiving in our daily lives? Being grateful is a powerful antidote to a world filled with problems. The Bible is filled with verses about thanksgiving, but maybe none more pronounced than the Psalms of Thanksgiving. The Psalms are filled with outcries of distress but also cries of thanksgiving and gratitude to a God that hears. Let's dive into 10 powerful Psalms of gratitude and Psalms of thanksgiving that will refresh your heart and renew your mind.
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Finding Psalms of Thanksgiving
The Psalms seem to be brimming most with verses of gratitude and Psalms of thanksgiving. There is such a mix of Psalms from laments to praise, and from praise to thanksgiving. Psalms of gratitude, thanksgiving, and praise, seem to take up most of this melodic book of the Bible.
Many times, the Psalms quickly change from thanksgiving to Lament, or from praise to despair. David was notorious of this. He would one moment be wallowing in his bleak situation and then suddenly change directions and he would be lifting great thanksgivings and gratitude. Imagine what it would take to imitate that in our own life. We acknowledge our turmoil and disappointment, but then immediately turn around and give thanks. It's a powerful practice.
What Bible Verse says Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart?
There are many passages that talk about being grateful. We should be giving thanks often for many of God's deep blessings. Take Psalms 100 for example.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100:4-5
We are to enter his courts with praise and give thanks to him. Why should we give thanks with a grateful heart? It takes our minds off ourselves and puts it back on our Father in heaven who is truly in charge. We were never intended to be fully sufficient in this life, we need our sustainer Jesus to guide us in our daily lives. When we give thanks to him, we are acknowledging all that He is, and all we lack.
It's easy to complain, isn't it? Especially in more privileged parts of the world we are experts at complaining, but when we give thanks with a grateful heart, we leave no room for complaining!
What does God say about Thanksgiving?
God has much to say about Thanksgiving! He knows us best, and he knows that we need to have a grateful heart. I love the passage in Philippians 4:6,
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. Philippians 4:6 NIV
What I find most insightful about this passage is that God tells us that with thanksgiving the peace of God will guard our hearts. Our thanksgiving can literally lead to peace in our hearts! Our spirit, mind, and heart can be refreshed by the presence of God in our lives, and one way to do this is to bring our grateful hearts to him.
What are some examples of Thankfulness?
God doesn't just leave learning thankfulness up to us. No, he sent Jesus as a living example of how to give thanks.
“Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves.” Matthew 14:19 NIV
Before Jesus performed his miracle with the 5 loaves and 2 fish, he gave thanks to his Father. He directly shows us how to be grateful.
“So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me. “John 11: 41-42 NIV
Also in John, Jesus goes to perform another miracle, and instead of immediately raising Lazarus he chooses to again thank his Father. What a powerful example of the importance of showing gratitude in the grandiose things in life.
Psalms of Thanksgiving
We shouldn't just think of the word "Thanksgiving" only around the holidays. Thanksgiving and gratitude should be a byproduct of our happiness in Christ all 12 months of the year; not just during the month of November! The Psalms are filled with verses of thanksgiving that are directed at glorifying God and creating a satisfied heart in him. God wants you to come with him with Psalms of thanksgiving! As Psalms 95:2 (NIV) says, Let us come to him with thanksgiving.
How can we be Thankful During Tough Times?
As we just saw above, Jesus chose to thank his Father in heaven during an incredibly sad time. Even though Jesus knew that Lazarus was going to live, he still wept. If we look to Jesus as our example, we can see that the toughest of times still needs ample amounts of gratitude.
Practical Ways to Practice Thankfulness
- Spend time in the scripture looking up verses of gratitude.
- Get together with a friend and talk about what God has done in your life.
- Memorize scriptures of gratitude. Psalms of Thanksgiving is a wonderful place to start!
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- Hang scriptures in your home that remind you of being grateful.
- Practice gratitude at mealtimes with your family.
- Volunteer with your family for a local need.
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10 Powerful Psalms of Thanksgiving and Gratitude
Reading Psalms of Thanksgiving can refresh your soul and point you to Jesus as you reflect on God's goodness.
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How do we praise his name all day long? When our lives are in pursuit of the affections of Jesus, we naturally will live a life of praise toward him.
In God we make our boast all day long,
and we will praise your name forever. Psalm 44:8 NIV
Are you afflicted? Pressed down? Depressed? Filled with anxiety or worry? Follow this Psalms example and let the glory of the Lord fill your heart. Hear his truth and rejoice!
I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
I will glory in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together. Psalm 34:1-3
Who is your salvation? Have you put your trust in Jesus? When we put our trust in Jesus, our Rock of salvation, we naturally come before him with thanksgiving and want to extol him with music and song. He is worthy my friends, and you won't regret praising him.
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song. Psalm 95:1-2 NIV
Do you ponder God's works? Thing one is a very interesting verse. Pondering God's works can be very therapeutic. Think about the grandeur of creation! The hills, mountains, streams, and beautiful places. How did he create these wonders?! Do you delight in his creation? Just by delighting in his works, you are giving his praise and delight.
Praise the Lord.
I will extol the Lord with all my heart
in the council of the upright and in the assembly.
Great are the works of the Lord;
they are pondered by all who delight in them. Psalm 111:1-2 NIV
It is good. It is good for you to praise Lord. Insert you name in this passage for a moment. I'll go first, "It is good for Rachael to praise the Lord!" When life gets hard or your heart feels stressed, take a moment to recite this to yourself. Whatever your circumstances it is good to give thanks and praise our Lord.
It is good to praise the Lord
and make music to your name, O Most High, Psalm 92:1 NIV
Have you ever thought of how powerful this Psalms is? He is your strength! I don't know about you, but often my strength seems lacking. I can never do quite enough and be quite strong enough. But this Psalm tells me that my strength actually comes from the Lord!
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 NIV
I can be easy to feel unloved or neglected. Especially as women we often feel unloved and under appreciated. Isn't it good to know in those moments, we have a God who's love never run out.
Praise the Lord.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever. Psalm 106:1 NIV
Again, we see that God's love endures forever, and he is faithful. I find it interesting that the Psalmist doesn't end with 'his faithfulness continues.' Instead, he adds the 'through all generations.' God's faithfulness was not better in years past. Just because the world may seem bleaker, does not mean that God has changed. His faithfulness is the same throughout all generations, and all of time!
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 100:4-5 NIV
These Psalms of gratitude are a reminder that God deserves our gratitude and thankfulness simply because he is Lord. He is righteous and deserves our praise.
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 NIV
What is the Power of Thanksgiving?
I once read that in the Bible (Old and New Testament) whenever there was thanksgiving and gratitude, God was often stirred up to perform a miracle or great act. King David was a man of gratitude and thanksgiving. In one spot the Bible tells us he intentionally gave thanks 7 times a day (Psalms 119:164). I find it interesting that in Psalms 89:23 God promises David that he is going to strike down his enemies.
I will crush his foes before him
and strike down his adversaries. Psalm 89:23 NIV
We have no idea if David's faithfulness to gratitude anything has to do with God's plan to strike down his enemies, but I think it's safe to assume that many of King David's faithful practices, like giving thanks, led to God's favor upon him.
Start giving thanks to your heavenly Father, you will see unending rewards for your faithfulness.