The Bible says we should be giving thanks to God for everything. A great way to give God the praise He deserves is to use the psalms as part of our worship experience.
The Bible has many psalms of thanksgiving and praise (and they’re not all found in the book of Psalms as you might imagine).
What Are Psalms of Thanksgiving?
A psalm is a sacred song or sacred poetry meant to be sung. The psalms of the Bible would be the equivalent of our church hymns.
Psalms of thanksgiving are all about giving praise and glory to God.
The psalmist usually lists a reason or reasons why God is worthy to be praised. Thanksgiving psalms are usually upbeat and joyful.
Psalms of Worship
Worship is our expression of reverence and adoration for God. We let our joy of being in His presence pour out.
As we turn our thoughts towards thanksgiving, our hearts incline towards worship. These psalms of worship will get you in the right frame of mind.
Psalm 22: I know, when you first start reading this it seems more like a lament than a psalm of worship. But which one of us has never felt that way, abandoned by God?
The psalmist pours out his feelings before God and in doing so is reminded that God is enthroned on our praises. He remembers to worship and glorify God from whence cometh his help.
Psalm 29: this thanksgiving worship psalm reminds us why we worship the Lord. He’s the Creator of everything and everyone.
Psalm 95 also gives praise to God because He is our Creator.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. Psalm 95:6 NKJV
Psalm 96: the Lord is one day coming to judge His people. Because He has the right to judge, we give Him glory.
Psalm 99: this thanksgiving psalm extols the fact that God is holy. We should worship Him because He is.
Psalm that Exalt God
The Oxford Dictionary defines exalt as to think or speak very highly of (someone or something). When we exalt God, we speak highly of Him and give honor and glory to His name.
The psalms in this section exalt His name and give Him the glory He deserves.
Psalm 21: our God is powerful and mighty and for that, we should exalt Him.
Psalm 34: it seems ironic that this psalm was inspired by The events that happened when David pretended madness before Abimelech, but it is.
His experience reminded David that God had rescued him from his enemies and because of that he glorified His name.
Psalm 46: God is with us. He is our help when we are in trouble and He is more powerful than anything we could ever face.
Psalm 57: We exalt the Lord because He is merciful towards us.
Psalm 97: Have you ever thought about how righteous God is? Or what would happen to us if not for His mercy and loving-kindness? This psalm of thanksgiving reminds us why we exalt His name.
Psalm 108: Who gives us victory over our enemies? It’s not our efforts that give us success, it is God who fights for us.
1 Chronicles 29:10-22: God is our Father and He’s the giver of every good thing. When we consider all that He’s given us, we know that He alone is worthy to receive all honor, glory, and praise.
Praises and Thanksgiving Psalms
One of my favorite thanksgiving psalms is Psalm 100. This psalm is hopeful and upbeat and reminds us that we were created for worship. But there are many other psalms that sing praises to God and gets you in the mindset of thanksgiving. Here are just a few of them.
Psalm 145: The psalmist reminds us of the great care that God takes of His creation. Everything we have comes from Him. And for that we have reason to give thanks.
Daniel 2:20-23: God is sovereign over everyone, even the kings of the earth. He is the possessor of wisdom and might and is willing to endow these gifts to those who serve Him.
Psalm 150: This joyful thanksgiving psalm not only tells us why we should praise the Lord–for His mighty acts and His greatness–it also tells us how.
Psalms of thanksgiving remind us why we worship the Lord. We should read them throughout the year so that we get into the habit of giving thanks and not just on Thanksgiving Day.
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