“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” Psalm 100:4.
“Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.” Psalm 95:2.
“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 4:6-7.
“I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.” Psalms 1:9.
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I Thessalonians 5:18.
“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:20
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” I Chronicles 16:34.
WIth Thanksgiving day approaching, I did a quick search of verses related to thanksgiving or being thankful. There were a multitude of them throughout the entire Bible, including a few shown above. We are commanded to always be thankful to our great God who has bestowed such mercies and good things on us.
We are always to come before God with thanksgiving. We are not to be anxious or fearful but present our prayers and petitions to God, first with thanksgiving, and find His peace. We are to remember all of his wonderful deeds toward us. We are to be thankful for all things, even the bad He allows, as we know all are for our good as Christians (Romans 8:28). We are to always remember, with a thankful spirit, that God is good and his love for us endures forever. Praise God!
These are just a few of the applications from scripture of our duty to be thankful and to have gratitude to God for all he has given us and for who He is. He reigns over all and everything he has made and done is very good (Genesis 1:31). Today, during our Thanksgiving celebrations, let us begin a consistent habit of being thankful to God for all things and at all times, not just on Thanksgiving day.