It’s important to not only receive, but to acknowledge who you are receiving from and demonstrate gratitude for what you have received. In the Bible, there are many great examples of people showing gratitude towards God while in adversity as much as when receiving a blessing and being delivered by Him. Here are 20 examples of gratitude in the Bible that will inspire you!
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20 Examples Of Gratitude In The Bible
People In The Bible Who Were Grateful After Being Delivered
Noah built an altar for God after being saved from the flood.
Genesis 8:20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. (NKJV)
Deborah sang a song to praise God after Sisara was defeated.
Judges 5:1-3 Then Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam sang on that day, saying: “When leaders lead in Israel, when the people willingly offer themselves, bless the Lord! “Hear, O kings! Give ear, O princes! I, even I, will sing to the Lord; I will sing praise to the Lord God of Israel. (NKJV)
Joseph demonstrated gratitude after accepting God’s plan.
Genesis 50:19-20 Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. (NKJV)
One of the healed lepers returned to thank Jesus for healing him.
Luke 17:15-16 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. (NKJV)
5. Sinful Woman
The sinful woman poured perfume on Jesus’ feet after being forgiven for her sins.
Luke 7:44-47 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. And you did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” (NKJV)
Moses sang a song of victory after leaving Egypt with victory.
Exodus 15:1-2 Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song to the Lord, and spoke, saying: “I will sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea! The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; my father’s God, and I will exalt Him. (NKJV)
Naaman left his “gods” to serve God after being healed from leprosy.
2 Kings 5:17 So Naaman said, “Then, if not, please let your servant be given two mule-loads of earth; for your servant will no longer offer either burnt offering or sacrifice to other gods, but to the Lord. (NKJV)
People In The Bible Who Were Grateful For Blessings They Received
Abraham built an altar for God after God promised to bless him.
Genesis 12:7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. (NKJV)
Hannah praised God after her prayer for Samuel was answered.
1 Samuel 2:1 And Hannah prayed and said:“My heart rejoices in the Lord; my horn is exalted in the Lord. I smile at my enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation. (NKJV)
Mary praised God for choosing her to be Jesus’ earthly mother.
Luke 1:46-49 And Mary said “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. (NKJV)
Solomon praised God after He finished building a temple for the Lord.
1 Kings 8:22-23 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven; and he said: “Lord God of Israel, there is no God in heaven above or on earth below like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts. (NKJV)
Elizabeth praised God for blessing her with a son at an old age.
Luke 1:24-25 Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying, “Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.” (NKJV)
Jacob built an altar for God to thank Him for being with him throughout all of his journey.
Genesis 35:3 Then let us arise and go up to Bethel; and I will make an altar there to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me in the way which I have gone.” (NKJV)
Joshua built an altar to God to express gratitude and renew their covenant.
Joshua 8:30-31 Now Joshua built an altar to the Lord God of Israel in Mount Ebal, as Moses the servant of the Lord had commanded the children of Israel, as it is written in the Book of the Law of Moses: “an altar of whole stones over which no man has wielded an iron tool.” And they offered on it burnt offerings to the Lord, and sacrificed peace offerings. (NKJV)
People In The Bible Who Were Grateful During Adversity
Paul thanked God for everything in all circumstances.
1 Timothy 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry. (NKJV)
David thanked God in the midst of adversity.
Psalm 54:6 I will freely sacrifice to You; I will praise Your name, O Lord, for it is good. (NKJV)
Jesus thanked God before resurrecting Lazarus
John 11:41-42 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” (NKJV)
Jonah thanked God while he was still in the belly of the whale.
Jonah 2:9 But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.” (NKJV)
Jehoshaphat thanked God in the middle of a battle.
2 Chronicles 20:21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever.” (NKJV)
Daniel thanked God for the wisdom and might that God gave him.
Daniel 2:23 “I thank You and praise You, o God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of You, for You have made known to us the king’s demand.” (NKJV)
I hope you enjoyed reading these 20 examples of gratitude in the Bible. Let me know in the comments below which example of gratitude impacted you the most.
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Sending you blessings & love,