In seasons of hardship and struggle, it’s often difficult to find hope. Yet these Scriptures for thanksgiving and praise lead you to a heart that openly trusts God, even when it’s painful and raw.
Why praise God and give thanks to God?
No matter our circumstances or the trials we face, God commands us to give thanks 37 times in the pages of His Word.
He longs for our praise and worship, despite what life brings our way. When we focus on who He is and not on our circumstances, our joy is rekindled in His presence and our heart softens with praise.
Plus, practicing daily gratitude keeps you rooted in God’s promises and reflecting on His faithfulness of the past. It’s through focusing on God’s faithfulness where we learn to surrender our will and follow God’s plan, even when we don’t see the way.
No matter where life finds you, these powerful Bible verses of thanksgiving will help you embrace a heart of gratitude and give God the glory He so justly deserves.
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20 Scriptures for Thanksgiving and Praise
When there isn’t much to be thankful for or you’re struggling to find joy, these Scriptures will help you praise God in every season of life. Use these Bible verses of thanksgiving and praise in your daily quiet time to cultivate a heart of praise.
God’s has freely given you grace
Even when life is crumbling around you, give thanks to God for salvation and the gift of grace at the cross.
Jesus, in His perfection and holiness, gave you the chance to spend eternity with God, and that’s a reason to give thanks!
Who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. 2 Timothy 1:9
God commands you to give thanks
Whether you’re singing on the mountains or struggling in the valleys, God invites you to worship His flawless character. He calls you to celebrate His faithfulness and reflect on His blessings whether in good times or bad.
In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
God is loving and trustworthy
God’s love is perfect and can be trusted! His love never fails and never gives up on His children.
The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3
The Lord is merciful and patient
Even when you stray and wander from God’s promises, God is merciful to forgive your sins. Praise the Lord for His patience with His wayward children!
But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long-suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. Psalm 86:15
God alone is righteous
As humans, we stumble and fall. In our sin nature, we stray from God’s best and easily wander from His promises. But God is righteous and His ways are perfect!
I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high. Psalm 7:17
The Lord is our refuge
When trouble surrounds you and you need a place to find rest, take refuge in the presence of God. He invites you to surrender your burdens and to find hope in His perfect peace.
How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 36:7
God is faithful and just
God’s ways are flawless and faithful. He is without fault, blameless, and pure. God faithfully walks with His children in all seasons of life.
He is the rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. Deuteronomy 32:4
God is our Heavenly Father
God loves you, His child, and welcomes you into His family with open arms. He’s a faithful Father who always cares and comforts His children.
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! 1 John 3:1
The Lord’s love is eternal
God loved you before the beginning of time. As the ultimate proof of His love, He sent His only Son, Jesus, to die in your place and become the final sacrifice for the sins of all mankind.
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34
God’s ways are perfect
The Lord’s plans are perfect and filled with wisdom. He commands the sun to rise and the stars to shine, as well as guide the path of His children.
As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. Psalm 18:30
God’s deeds are praise-worthy
When God’s ways don’t line up with your desires, He is still worthy of praise! God is your Creator, Father, and Righteousness, and always deserves your praise!
I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:1-2
God always has a purpose and plan
God didn’t leave His children here to flounder or wander the world without a plan. God is leading and guiding His children according to His perfect will, even today.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
God is peace
While many search the world for peace, Scripture reminds us God IS our peace. He alone can comfort a hurting heart or bring peace when life is too much to bear.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
God is your Creator
The Creator of the Earth loves YOU and longs to fellowship with YOU! That’s a reason to celebrate!
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:1-3
The Lord is Our Strength and Shield
When your strength feels depleted and you struggle to carry on, press into the Lord for strength. Trust God to carry you in times of weakness and to supply you with His strength.
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
God is good (always!)
Even when life is falling apart around you, God is still good and faithful. His goodness never fails and God’s ways are perfect, always.
I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me. Psalm 13:6
God fills me with joy
God alone is your joy and true soul satisfaction. He quenches your deepest needs and restores your joy in Jesus, even when your circumstances are dire.
The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. Psalm 19:8
The Lord is my Comforter
The Lord comforts His children and provides hope to every weary soul who seeks Him. As you walk the road of hardship, choose to give thanks to God as your loving Comforter no matter what you face.
You who are my Comforter in sorrow, my heart is faint within me. Jeremiah 8:18
God is my Rock of Salvation
As you reflect on your salvation, rejoice! God has made a way for redemption and freely gives grace to all who believe.
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Psalm 95:1
The Lord is the Great King
The Lord is powerful and mighty! His power is unmatched and unwavering, even in a world of suffering. Take comfort in God’s greatness and reflect on His power in your daily quiet time.
For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth. Psalm 47:2
God’s love is unfailing
The love of God is steadfast and an anchor for your soul in all seasons of life. Count the unwavering love of God as a reason to give thanks.
But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love… Psalm 33:18
God is your refuge
When the world is crumbling around you, take refuge in the presence of the Lord. Be still at the feet of Jesus and pour out your sorrows to Him with a heart of gratitude for His faithfulness.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 36: 7
God is the Alpha and Omega
While it’s hard to comprehend that God always has been and always will be, it’s a powerful reason to praise the Lord. God is constant and that’s a reason to give thanks!
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Revelation 22:13
God is eternal
This world is not your home! Instead, God is preparing a place for His children to be with Him in eternity. He always has been and always will be. Forever and amen!
We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. 1 John 5:20
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3 SIMPLE Ways to Track Gratitude
Over the years I’ve discovered that being truly being thankful requires more than a causal prayer or a mumbled, “Thanks, God.”
True gratitude requires intentional surrender of our circumstances and our status quo. It’s purposefully embracing God for He who is and understanding that His greatness isn’t limited by our current situation.
No matter what circumstances we’re in, God changes us to the core when we regularly offer thanksgiving and praise to the one who redeems our soul.
Plus, living thankful and with a heart of gratitude can be a simple part of your daily quiet time and prayer journaling. (Pinky promise- it doesn’t have to be complicated!)
Use a prayer journal
I love to use a daily prayer journal in my quiet time. It’s centers my heart on God’s promises and keeps a record of what the Lord is doing in my life.
Plus, a prayer journal is a simple place to write your daily gratitude and celebrate God’s faithfulness.
Record your blessings in your planner
Each day, take a few minutes to record what you’re thankful for in your planner or on your calendar. Then, as the year unfolds, you can look back and reflect on God’s blessings and provisions. It makes a great keepsake, too!
I just love the Abundant Life Digital Planner as a simple way to record my gratitude. And as I reflect on God’s blessings, my joy is restored in Jesus all day long.
Keep “stones of remembrance”
Just as God commanded the Israelites to build stones of remembrance, it’s a gift to rejoice in God’s leading and provision. Use stones of remembrance in your own life, either tangible or in a journal, to rejoice over God’s faithfulness.
When the hard times come and you’re in need of hope, look over these blessings as a way to remember God’s working on your behalf.
5 ways to make thanksgiving and praise a regular part of your life
Living a life of praise and thanksgiving is simply connecting with God throughout the day and recognizing His handiwork as you live your life.
It’s as simple as:
- Listening to worship music while you clean or are in the car
- Thanking God with your children for small things (a beautiful sunrise, the warm sunshine, forgiveness when we go astray)
- Noticing “God moments” throughout the day or noticing His blessings
- Pausing and pray in stressful moments, and inviting God to be a part of your everyday life
- Meditating on and learning Scripture. As your day unfolds, set your mind on that truth and give thanks to God for His many blessings.
Our favorite resources for daily gratitude
- Gratitude Bible Reading Plan: For your convenience, we’ve compiled the Bible verses on thanksgiving above into a handy Bible reading plan.
Grab your free copy of the Gratitude Bible Reading Plan here and use it in your quiet time to help you praise God no matter what you face.
2) The Be Still: Daily Prayer Journal:
Would you love to have a thriving prayer life and praise God in a practical way?
Discover how The Be Still: Daily Prayer Journal can guide you towards a deeper prayer life and make living with a heart of praise a vital part of your everyday life.