10 Bible Verses for a Thankful Heart

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to reflect on the blessings that the Lord places in our lives. It’s a time to take a step back, gather perspective on just how precious life is, and say an immense prayer of gratitude for it all.

While Thanksgiving is a specific time of year that we all focus on gratitude, a thankful heart is vital no matter the day. It is incredibly easy to sink into daily tasks, complain about…well, most everything…and completely lose sight of just how blessed I am to have breath in my lungs and a life to live.

I pray that the Bible verses listed below will encourage you to seek out a thankful heart each day. It’s certainly not an easy thing to maintain, but filling your thoughts and prayers with thanksgiving is one key to keeping gratitude present in your heart.


Below you will find 10 Bible verses that focus on Thankfulness. I hope you find each one encouraging and impactful for your specific situation. I strongly encourage you to also read each of these verses in your own Bible so that you may gain context for why they exist and have power in your life. This list is intended to be a starting point towards a thankful heart, but never the landing zone. May you take the verses you read here, pray them over yourself, discuss them with loved ones, and begin to take steps towards growth. I’ve also listed a few more encouragement posts, rooted in Scripture, at the very end of this enty.


10 Bible Verses for a Thankful Heart

1.

“A Psalm for giving thanks. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”

Psalm 100:1-5

2.

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

3.

“Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe;”

Hebrews 12:28

4.

“I will rejoice and be glad in Your lovingkindness,
Because You have seen my affliction;
You have known the troubles of my soul,
And You have not given me over into the hand of the enemy;
You have set my feet in a large place.”

Psalm 31:7-8

5.

“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”

Colossians 4:2

6.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7

7.

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Colossians 3:15-17

8.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”

James 1:17

9.

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.”

Psalm 136:1

10.

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”

2 Corinthians 9:15

Scripture discusses thankfulness and gratitude so many more times than I’ve listed here, so I encourage you to read the Bible and find more hope for yourself. Please also read each of these verses in your own Bible so that you may gain context for why they exist and have power in your life. There is power in the Word of God over all things, including this battle for a thankful heart.

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