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.
However, 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 alone and our heart softens with praise.
No matter where life finds you today, these powerful Scriptures below will help you embrace a heart of gratitude and give God the glory He so justly deserves.
10 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.
You are saved by grace
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
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
How excellent is thy loving kindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. Psalm 36:7
The Lord is merciful and patient
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
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
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
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
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
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34
God’s ways are wonderful
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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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 morning routine or daily habits.
Use a gratitude tracker
I love to use a gratitude tracker in my quiet time. It’s the perfect way to start my time with God and center my heart on His promises.
Or, simply take a blank journal and each morning or night, write down one thing you’re thankful for that day.
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!
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.
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