A WORD of Thanks

The Bible is filled with exhortations and expressions of thanksgiving.  The only Living God deserves our highest expression of praise and continual thanksgiving.  Why?  Because, as James 1:17 reminds us, “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.”  In addition, Revelation 4:11 proclaims:  “Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they existed and were created.”

So, let’s spend some time considering and meditating on one thanksgiving scripture each day for the 30 days of November, as we focus our attention on giving thanks during this season.  

Day 1 – Psalm 69:30
“I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.”

Day 2 – 1 Timothy 2:1-2
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”

Day 3 – Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Day 4 – Colossians 3:15
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”

Day 5 – Colossians 3:16
“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.”

Day 6 – Colossians 3:17
“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.”

Day 7 – 1 Chronicles 16:8
“Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!”

Day 8 – Psalm 30:4
“Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.”

Day 9 – Psalm 107:1
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!”

Day 10 – Psalm 145:10
“All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your saints shall bless you!”

Day 11 – Psalm 28:7
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.”

Day 12 – Hebrews 12:28 (NIV)
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,”

Day 13 – Psalm 116:17
“I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord.”

Day 14 – Colossians 1:3
“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you.”

Day 15 – Psalm 100:4
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!”

Day 16 – Psalm 92:1
“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High.”

Day 17 – Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV)
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

Day 18 – Psalm 9:1 (NIV)
“I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.”

Day 19 – Psalm 57:9-10
“I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.”

Day 20 – Daniel 6:10
“When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.” (Read Daniel Chapter 6)

Day 21 – 1 Corinthians 1:4
I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus.”

Day 22 – 1 Corinthians 15:57
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Day 23 – Psalm 86:12
“I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.”

Day 24 – Ephesians 5:4
“Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.”

Day 25 – Colossians 4:2
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”

Day 26 – Psalm 30:11-12
“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.  O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!”

Day 27 – 2 Corinthians 2:14
“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.”

Day 28 – 2 Corinthians 9:15
Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!”
(see also article by John Piper)

Day 29 – 1 Thessalonians 5:18
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Day 30 – Revelation 7:12
“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

(Text taken from English Standard Version unless otherwise noted. Emphasis added)

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