Inside: These beautiful psalms of Thanksgiving will help you give glory and thanks to God!
When I first became a baby Christian, one of the things I looked forward to was the testimonial portion of Sunday night service where someone stood up and shared what the Lord was doing in their life.
One by one, in that little white church on Oakes street in South Tacoma, the saints of God would excitedly stand and give thanks for how their life was dramatically changed by Jesus! I LOVED Sunday night testimony time- it was key in my coming to know the Lord Jesus!
And that’s the wonderful thing about having a testimony- You can know that if God can do it for someone else, then He can do the same for you! Amen!
Those were some wonderful memories as we sang, rejoiced and shared the wonderful works of God!
“If God can do it for others, He can do it for others”
The book of Psalms was originally a collection of spiritual songs that were sacred to the Jews and shared the truth of God’s goodness. A common theme in the writing of the book of psalms was that of giving thanks. How I would have loved to watch David compose and sing these joyful songs that testified of the unfailing love of God.
The History of Psalms of Thanksgiving
Like our God testimonial service as mentioned above, the theme of thanksgiving resonates throughout the entire Bible and are a testimony of those Israelites who followed God and wanted to give thanks to the Lord for what He had done! We can also use them to grow in the word of God.
In fact, variations of the word thanks (thankful, thankfullness, thanksgiving) is mentioned 139 times in the Bible.
Watch the video below to get an overview of the book of Psalms.
What are the important types of Psalms in the Bible?
According to Tremper Longman in his book, “The Types Of Psalms,” there are generally seven types of Psalms in the Bible:
- hymn psalm
- psalm of lament
- psalm of thanksgiving
- psalm of confidence
- kingship psalm
- psalms of remembrance
- wisdom psalms
Today we are focusing on psalms of Thanksgiving.
Who compiled the book of Psalms in the Bible?
Since Psalms are poetry set to music, King David authored most of the Psalms in our Bible. There were also a few other Psalm authors but David wrote a majority of them.
Watch the video below to learn more about David and the other authors of the book of Psalms.
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Psalms of Thanksgiving – Entire Chapters
Are you ready to dig into these psalms of thanksiving found in the Bible? Let’s get started!
Psalm 92 was a song for the Sabbath day when the Jews were called to rest. It calls to mind the songs of praise to God and faithful love that God has to the Jews. It encourages the reader to sing praises of the name of the lord most high.
It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord,
and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:
2 to shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning,
and thy faithfulness every night,
3 upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery;
upon the harp with a solemn sound.
4 For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work:
I will triumph in the works of thy hands.
5 O Lord, how great are thy works!
and thy thoughts are very deep.
6 A brutish man knoweth not;
neither doth a fool understand this.
7 When the wicked spring as the grass,
and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish;
it is that they shall be destroyed for ever:
8 but thou, Lord, art most high for evermore.
9 For, lo, thine enemies, O Lord, for, lo, thine enemies shall perish;
all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.
10 But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn:
I shall be anointed with fresh oil.
11 Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies,
and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me.
12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree:
he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 Those that be planted in the house of the Lord
shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age;
they shall be fat and flourishing;
15 to shew that the Lord is upright:
he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
Psalm 95 is a psalm of worship and prayer that speaks of how the hands of God reach to the depths of the earth and how they formed the dry land.
O come, let us sing unto the Lord:
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving,
and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
3 For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the deep places of the earth:
the strength of the hills is his also.
5 The sea is his, and he made it:
and his hands formed the dry land.
6 O come, let us worship and bow down:
let us kneel before the Lord our maker.
7 For he is our God;
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,
8 harden not your heart, as in the provocation,
and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
9 when your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.
10 Forty years long was I grieved with this generation,
and said, It is a people that do err in their heart,
and they have not known my ways:
11 unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.
Psalm 100 is a short psalm of praise for God’s great power and to bless the name of god.
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth to all generations.
Over and over in Psalm 136, we see the psalmist thanking the Lord for his amazing mercy that has no end.
O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.
3 O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.
4 To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.
5 To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.
6 To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.
7 To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:
8 the sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:
9 the moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.
10 To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever:
11 and brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever:
12 with a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
13 To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever:
14 and made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever:
15 but overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.
16 To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever.
17 To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:
18 and slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:
19 Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever:
20 and Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth for ever:
21 and gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever:
22 even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever.
23 Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:
24 and hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.
25 Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.
26 O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psalms Thanksgiving Verses
The following psalms and prayers of thanksgiving are not entire chapters but snippets of verses that mention the theme of thanksgiving.
This portion of the Psalms encourages all the saints of God to sing psalms of praise to God
Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life:
weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
15 and call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.
O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
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This beautiful portion of Scripture heralds people of God to herald the wonderful deeds of God with a thankful heart.
O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name:
make known his deeds among the people.
2 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him:
talk ye of all his wondrous works.
3 Glory ye in his holy name:
let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.
4 Seek the Lord, and his strength:
seek his face evermore.
5 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done;
his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;
Praise ye the Lord.
O give thanks unto the Lord;
for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord?
who can shew forth all his praise?
3 Blessed are they that keep judgment,
and he that doeth righteousness at all times.
O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
3 and gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.
Sometimes thanksgiving is a sacrifice of praise when things go wrong and we must lean on the steadfast love of the Lord. Praise God our God He is our firm foundation and that we can express gratitude to Him, We can have the peace of God rule and reign in our inmost being during times of trial.
I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and will call upon the name of the Lord.
18 I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of all his people,
19 in the courts of the Lord’s house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem.
Psalm 118:1-9, 19-29
Thanksgiving Psalms List
Here’s a quick Thanksgiving psalms list for you for quick reference in case you want to jot it down or note them in your Bible~
Psalm 86: 1-13
Psalm 118:1-9, 19-29
Do you have a favorite psalms of thanksgiving? Which psalms of thanks resonates with you today for this point and time in your life?
How can you implement these Thanksgiving Bible verses to enrich your faith life?
I thought you’d never ask! You could take one of these particular psalms or verses and read them throughout the month of November. You could also read them before saying grace before your meal on Thanksgiving day.