Thanksgiving is the time to be thankful for everything you have in your life. It is a time to reflect on everything that the Lord has provided us and give back. It's a time to spend with family and the people who mean the most to you. In the spirit of the season, here are some verses of the good book that reflect this time of year, and will help us appreciate the holiday even more.
Take your time and read through these, reflecting on the wisdom they contain. Reflect on all that you have to be grateful for that the Lord has provided you and your loved ones. Let these lessons ring true in your heart not just on this day but every day of the year.
From the word of God
Psalms 7:17 – I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.
Psalms 31:19 – 19 [Oh] how great [is] thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; [which] thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!
20 Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
Psalms 50:14 – Offer unto God thanksgiving, and pay thy vows unto the most High:
1 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
3 For the LORD [is] a great God, and a great King above all gods.
4 In his hand [are] the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills [is] his also.
5 The sea [is] his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry [land].
6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.
7 For he [is] our God; and we [are] the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
1 (A Psalm of praise.) Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 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.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, [and] into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, [and] bless his name.
5 For the LORD [is] good; his mercy [is] everlasting; and his truth [endureth] to all generations.
Psalms 107:1 – O give thanks unto the LORD, for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.
Psalms 116:12 – What shall I render unto the LORD [for] all his benefits toward me?
1 (David's [Psalm] of praise.) I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
2 Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.
3 Great [is] the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness [is] unsearchable.
4 One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.
5 I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.
6 And [men] shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.
7 They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.
1 And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.
2 Behold, God [is] my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH [is] my strength and [my] song; he also is become my salvation.
3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
4 And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.
5 Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this [is] known in all the earth.
6 Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great [is] the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.
Lamentations 3:23 – [They are] new every morning: great [is] thy faithfulness.
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, [shall he] not much more [clothe] you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof.
2 Corinthians 2:14 – Now thanks [be] unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
Ephesians 5:20 – Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Philippians 4:6 – Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Colossians 3:15 – And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 – In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Hebrews 13:15 – By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of [our] lips giving thanks to his name.
James 1:17 – Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Having gratitude is one of the best things we can do for our health and happiness. Realizing everything we have been given and appreciating it instead of taking it for granted will do us a world of good. Take a few minutes to reflect on what it is you are grateful for in life.
Science is on board, with the research telling us that showing gratitude makes us healthier. We sleep better when we are grateful. It makes us more happy and optimistic, giving us a significant boost to self-esteem. We make better progress towards our own goals and are more determined.
We become more aware of our surroundings. Practicing mindfulness allows us to see the present for the gift that it is. We can learn to observe without judgment and love without fear. We form new relationships better and improve on our current ones. We automatically become more generous and trustful towards ourselves and others, showing more empathy.
Being grateful isn’t just something nice to do. It is a practice that, if done every day, will change your life. The second we stop taking things for granted is the second we can start to grow into the people the lord meant us to be. We can silence our critical inner voices and begin to take in all the signs of the Lord’s love that he’s left all around us. The world around us is a wonderful place, just as God made it. Just because we sometimes forget this fact doesn’t make it any less true. If we awaken our sense of wonder, standing in awe of the divine gifts we’ve been given, the world will acknowledge it.
Share these words with your family this Thanksgiving. Use the word of God as an instrument to express your love and appreciation for them.