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Gratitude in the Bible – 17 Verses of Thankfulness

The Bible is filled with stories of gratitude and gratitude scriptures.  Just as there are hundreds of Bible promises, there are also hundreds of scriptures with gratitude in the Bible that show individuals being thankful and showing their gratitude to God for the great things He has done for them.  

Did you know that gratitude can actually make you happier and healthier?  In Proverbs 17:22, the Bible says  “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”  Again in Proverbs 15:13 we read “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.” (NIV)  Voicing your grateful praise for God’s great power and showing a heart of gratitude can turn difficult circumstances into opportunities to express a thankful heart.

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The Power of Gratitude

There have been numerous studies to determine the effect of gratitude on the outlook and health of the participants.  You can read more about the power of gratitude research here.  The conclusion of the studies is that as people who focused on gratitude felt happier about life.  By looking for the everyday life good things around them, the negative things weren’t as powerful on their mindset.

Sharing the good deeds, blessings, and things you are thankful for while focusing on your favorite Bible verses in the Old Testament and New Testament about the faithfulness of God, causes  perspective shifts as you turn your focus away from what you don’t have to what you have been blessed with.  

Gratitude in the Bible

When you begin focusing on the glory of God and the greatness of God’s name, the blessings that others might consider a small thing will become like a fragrance of the knowledge of what God is doing in your life.  As followers of Jesus, the importance of gratitude and expression of thanksgiving becomes contagious to those around you.  

The Bible is filled with verses and passages of God’s people expressing their gratitude. The book of Psalms is one of the most commonly quoted section because David wrote his prayers of gratitude down and then used them as songs with the people.

What is a good Bible verse for gratefulness?

King David had a lot of trials in his life.  He was a shepherd boy who had to protect his father’s sheep.  He was anointed king of Israel but then had to wait in silence for the right time, years later.  He was in the midst of battles, he was chastised by the prophet Samuel, and King Saul tried to kill him numerous times, and YET he gave thanks to his great God.  

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.Psalm 118:1

Just like the great king David, you can give thanks to God for His goodness to you.  No matter what the situation, there is always something to be thankful for.  When you focus on the blessings and thank God for those things, you will start to see more blessings – not that you are more blessed when you are grateful, but as you recognize your blessings and express gratitude, you will notice more things to be grateful for.  You will also enjoy the peace of God during hard times knowing that the will of God is knowing His steadfast love for you.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  Philippians 4:6

How does God want us to show gratitude?

But Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.  I Samuel 15:22

God doesn’t want us to do things out of duty and because we have to.  He wants us to respond from a grateful heart and to acknowledge every good gift that comes from God’s goodness.  When your heart is full of thanksgiving and gratitude, your words, actions, and life will represent those things in everything you do and say.  When you have an “attitude of gratitude” or you’ve developed the habit of being thankful, you will see all kinds of things to be thankful for.  

  • Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Philippians 4:4
  • Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord and delight in his salvation. Psalm 35:9

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise — the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.  Hebrews 13:15-16

What Bible verse talks about a grateful heart?

There are many Bible verses that talk about a grateful heart and many of them are found in the Psalms.  David spent a lot of time writing about his grateful heart and how grateful he was for God and all of His blessings.  Here is one of the Bible verses about a grateful heart.

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
    I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
  Psalm 9:1

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Examples of Gratitude in the Bible

One of the examples of gratitude in the Bible is from Jesus.  There are numerous times recorded in the Bible when He prays a prayer of gratitude for the bread and food before He breaks it and eats it.  Even Jesus gave thanks to God for providing for His needs. See Matthew 15 and Luke 10

Another example of gratitude and thanksgiving in the Bible is when the Israelites had completed rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.  Nehemiah led the people in songs of thanksgiving and praise in gratitude for the way God had provided for them.  See Nehemiah 12

A third example of gratitude is seen in the story of Mary washing Jesus’ feet with perfume and her tears.  This beautiful example of her actions showed the immense gratitude she had for what Jesus had done in her life.  See Luke 5:36-50

7 Scriptures of Gratitude in the Bible

If you spend very much time in Bible study, you will undoubtedly find hundreds of Bible passages filled with trials of many kinds as well as songs of praise for God had done for the people in the bible.  We often think of David being the author of so many spiritual songs in the book of Psalms.  He expressed his gratitude with a joyful noise, a loud voice, a triumphal procession, and gave glory to God because He was worthy of praise.  Despite difficult times, David shared with the great assembly in his kingdom about the indescribable gift and great love he had been given by God’s grace.  This short list of Bible verses on gratitude are a small representation of the gratitude in the Bible.  

  • Praise the Lord.  Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.  Psalm 106:1
  • 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
  • Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.  Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy.  Psalm 107:21-22 
  • Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.  Psalm 118:1
  • 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
  • Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.  Colossians 4:2
  • 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

RELATED:  17 Thanksgiving Scriptures in Psalms

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Reflecting on Gratitude in the Bible

As you think about these gratitude scriptures on a daily basis and think of the things in your life that you are grateful for, remember to thank God for your blessings.  Express your pure joy and gratitude for God’s faithfulness, the forgiveness of sins, and the Holy Spirit who is present in your life every single day.  Share the good news about God’s inexpressible gift of eternal life and the testing of your faith as you navigate trials of various kinds with the Rock of our Salvation at your side.  

No matter what is going on in your life, your life is also filled with blessings and things to be grateful for.  Talk about God’s blessings often.  God’s word is filled filled examples and stories of His faithful people praising God.  Review those biblical examples in the word of god as the perfect gift to remind you of God’s will in your life just like the lives of the people in the Bible.  

Read thankful Bible verses and work on being a grateful person as you share God’s blessing in your Christian life.    Share these little things and spiritual blessings in your daily prayer, in the ministry of this service of motherhood, and with your family members.  

When your whole heart is filled with joyful songs of praise, your entire outlook on life will shift.  Just like the sinful woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears, your gratitude can overflow from what God has done for you as well.  He is not just the God of my ancestors and yours, but also the God of your present life and mine.

One of the best ways to remind yourself of the things you have to be grateful for is to start writing down your blessings.  Keeping a gratitude journal, prayer journal, blessing journal, or whatever other name you want to call it will help you train your brain to be thankful.  To start seeing more and more of the good things in life and recognize the blessings God has given you.  

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