What does the Bible say about thankfulness?

There are more than 100 verses in Scripture on thankfulness (gratefulness, give thanks, thanksgiving, etc.). Some deal with how we are to pray with thankfulness, offer God a sacrifice of thankfulness, and witness for God through our thankfulness. We are also to thank God for His goodness and mercy, His gift of salvation, and the victory He gives us through Jesus. Here are just a few verses on thankfulness:

In prayer:

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).

“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2).

As a sacrifice:

“I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD” (Psalm 116:17).

“Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing” (Psalm 107:22).

As a witness:

“Therefore I will give thanks to You, O LORD, among the Gentiles, and sing praises to Your name” (2 Samuel 22:50).

For God’s goodness and mercy:

“Praise the LORD! Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever” (Psalm 106:1).

For His gift of salvation:

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift” (2 Corinthians 9:15)!

For victory through Jesus:

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

Basically, we are to be thankful for everything! Why? Because it’s God’s desire for us to do so!

“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).