Bible Study: Expressing Gratitude

In this study, you'll examine why the people of the Bible offered thanks to God—and you'll have the opportunity to do the same.

Why is it important for us to offer thanks and express our gratitude to God? Simply because it is a vital part of honoring Him. Psalm 50:23 says, "He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me." In contrast, the spiritually rebellious people described in Romans 1:21 acknowledged God's existence but refused to thank Him.

In this study, you'll examine why the people of the Bible offered thanks to God. You will also have an opportunity to do the same yourself.

I. Why did the people of the Bible thank God?

From the patriarchs to the apostles, countless people of the Bible found numerous occasions to thank God. As you look up the following verses, write a brief description of why each person was grateful to the Lord. (For your convenience, each reference is linked to the Bible verse. Simply click on the reference to read it.)

  • 2 Samuel 22:49-51  (Example: For God's protection and deliverance)

  • 1 Chronicles 16:34

  • Psalm 138:8

  • Psalm 139:14

  • Isaiah 21:1

    • Isaiah 25:1

    • Matthew 15:36

    • Luke 17:12-17

    • Romans 6:16-18

    • 1 Corinthians 15:56-58

    • 1 Thessalonians 1:1-3

    II. For what are you thankful?

    When God answers our prayers in a crisis or works miracles on our behalf, we quickly and eagerly give thanks. But showing our gratitude shouldn't be limited to special events. The Father is also honored when we thank Him for His faithfulness to provide for our daily needs and when we express gratefulness for being His children.

    Using the examples from Scripture listed in the previous section, think about God's goodness towards you. Then, choose one of the following options:

    • Write a "Thank You" letter to God, concentrating on simply thanking Him rather than making requests.

    • Create a "Gratitude List" of the many blessings He's bestowed upon you.

    • Pray out loud (or silently), offering thanksgiving to Him for all He's done and will continue to do in your life.

    • III. When should we give thanks?

      Giving thanks should be an integral part of our lives. Psalm 44:8 says, "In God we have boasted all day long, and we will give thanks to Your name forever." In other words, thanksgiving should flow from our hearts on a regular basis.

      • In your daily life, how faithful are you to thank God for the blessings He's given you?

      • What could you do to express your gratitude to Him on a regular basis?


      Father, thank You for sending Your Son so that I can know You. Please forgive me for taking so many blessings for granted. Many times, instead of saying "Thank You," I've complained about what You've given or simply asked You for more. Please develop within me a heart of gratitude. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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23 He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God."

49 Who also brings me out from my enemies; You even lift me above those who rise up against me; You rescue me from the violent man.

50 Therefore I will give thanks to You, O LORD, among the nations, And I will sing praises to Your name.

51 He is a tower of deliverance to His king, And shows lovingkindness to His anointed, To David and his descendants forever."

34 O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

8 The LORD will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.

1 The oracle concerning the wilderness of the sea. As windstorms in the Negev sweep on, It comes from the wilderness, from a terrifying land.

1 O LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name; For You have worked wonders, Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.

36 and He took the seven loaves and the fish; and giving thanks, He broke them and started giving them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.

12 As He entered a village, ten leprous men who stood at a distance met Him;

13 and they raised their voices, saying, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!"

14 When He saw them, He said to them, Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they were going, they were cleansed.

15 Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice,

16 and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan.

17 Then Jesus answered and said, Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine--where are they?

16 Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?

17 But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed,

18 and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;

57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

1 Paul and Silvanus and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.

2 We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers;

3 constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father,

8 In God we have boasted all day long, And we will give thanks to Your name forever. Selah.

21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

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