I am continuing my month long focus on thanks giving by reviewing words connected to the following definition of thanksgiving – “the act of giving thanks,”* – and by sharing related Scripture verses. Before we go further, can we pause for a minute and give thanks … regardless of what is happening or not happening in our lives? Our Father’s help is available for this act also. Thanks for joining me.
- kindly or grateful thoughts: gratitude
- an expression of gratitude <return thanks before the meal> —often used in an utterance containing no verb and serving as a courteous and somewhat informal expression of gratitude
“I will give You thanks with all my heart; I will sing Your praise before the heavenly beings. I will bow down toward Your holy temple and give thanks to Your name for Your constant love and truth. You have exalted Your name and Your promise above everything else.” (Psalm 138:1-2; Holman Christian Standard Bible)
“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18; New Living Translation)
- appreciative of benefits received
- expressing gratitude <grateful thanks>
“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” (Psalm 103:1-5, New King James Version)
- conscious of benefit received <for what we are about to receive make us truly thankful>
- expressive of thanks <thankful service>
- well pleased : glad (glad that something has happened or not happened, that something or someone exists, etc.)
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15; New King James Version)
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” (Psalm 100:4; New King James Version)
*This definition is from the Merriam-Webster website