A Thanksgiving Word Feast

The end of November has come, and festoon-feathered fowls everywhere run for cover. In light of the difficult year we’ve survived, I have gathered a smorgasbord of lyrics, verses, and quotes to help usher in a festive mood. Here’s hoping this feast of words will be to your soul what a really great pumpkin pie is to your tastebuds. Light the candles, put on some jazz, and dig in!

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!

(Psalm 34:8)

We will feast in the house of Zion;
We will sing with our hearts restored.
He has done great things, we will say together.
We will feast and weep no more.

(Sandra McCracken)

“We need to discover all over again that worship is natural to the Christian, as it was to the godly Israelites who wrote the psalms, and that the habit of celebrating the greatness and graciousness of God yields an endless flow of thankfulness, joy, and zeal.”

(J.I. Packer)

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.

(1 Timothy 4:4-5)

Lord of all, to Thee we raise 
This our hymn of grateful praise.

(Folliot Sandford Pierpoint)

“It is only with gratitude that life becomes rich!”

(Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do.

(Ecclesiastes 9:7)

Give thanks to the Lord, our God and King.
His love endures forever.
For He is good, He is above all things.
His love endures forever.

(Chris Tomlin)

“If there was ever a secret for unleashing God’s powerful peace in a situation, it’s developing a heart of true thanksgiving.”

(Lysa Terkeurst)

If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land…

(Isaiah 1:19)

I am counting every blessing, counting every blessing,
Letting go and trusting when I cannot see.
I am counting every blessing, counting every blessing.
Surely every season You are good to me.

(Gareth Gilkeson, etc.)

“Genuine thankfulness is an act of the heart’s affections, not an act of the lips’ muscles.”

(John Piper)

For He satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul He fills with good things.

(Psalm 107:9)

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace.
Streams of mercy never ceasing
Call for songs of loudest praise.

(Robert Robinson)

“We were made to live in a posture of grateful worship, and when we live our praise we live our purpose, and all the pieces fall in place, us all falling down in thanks.”

(Ann Voskamp)

“…Let us eat and celebrate.”

(Luke 15:23)

Father, we lift up our hearts in gratitude for all You are and all You’ve done. How good You have been to us! Your presence and promises endure despite the looming darkness, and we know that the best is ahead. This feast before us, for which we are so thankful, is only a pale shadow of what awaits us when we’ll sit down with You at the wedding supper of the Lamb. Help us anticipate with eager hope the day we will see You face to face, when every tear shall be wiped away and all wrongs shall be made right. For now, we gratefully accept the time You’ve assigned to us and ask for Your help to make the most of it. May Your name be blessed as we gather around the table and remember the true Source of every good thing. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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