Scripturally, you will find the ritual of thanksgiving nearly from cover to cover. Individuals offered up sacrifices out of gratitude in the book of Genesis. The Israelites sang a song of thanksgiving as they were delivered from Pharaoh's army after the crossing of the Red Sea (Exodus 15). Also Later, the Mosaic Law set aside three separate times each year when the Israelites would gather together. All three of these times Unleavened Bread (also called the Feast of the Passover) (Exodus 12:15-20), Harvest or Pentecost (Leviticus 23:15-21), and the Feast of Ingathering or Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:33-36) involved remembering God's provision and grace.
As Christians, we're called to be Thankful.
Did you know?
The Bible regularly mentioned "Thanksgiving" long before in 1863, when during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving to be celebrated.
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Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the LORD."
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
I will praise the name of God with song, And shall magnify Him with thanksgiving.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.