10 Thanksgiving Songs by Contemporary Christian Music Artists

Celebrate Thanksgiving with contemporary Christian songs.

Thanksgiving is a good time to "count [our] blessings, name them one by one." More important, it's a good time to praise the One who is the source of our blessings. Thanksgiving is a public opportunity to honor God and recognize His work in our lives.

My family celebrates the holiday with music. We sing our praise on Thanksgiving and throughout the year. Here are 10 of our favorite Thanksgiving songs by contemporary Christian music artists. Enjoy!

1. Blessed Be Your Name

"Blessed Be Your Name" was written by Matt Redman, a songwriter and worship leader from the United Kingdom. Many bands have covered his song.

We like the version by Tree63, a contemporary Christian music band from South Africa. The song speaks of abundance and praise:

"Blessed be your name / In the land that is plentiful / Where your streams of abundance flow / Blessed be your name."

2. Doxology

"Doxology" is a short hymn of praise to our triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Christians often sing the doxology during their worship services. The tradition has roots in a similar Jewish practice.

Many contemporary Christian music artists have recorded "Doxology." We like a version by the David Crowder Band.

The lyrics come from the last verse of "Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun." This longer hymn was written by Thomas Ken, a 17th century Anglican priest:

"Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow / Praise Him, all creatures here below / Praise Him above, ye heavenly host / Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen."

3. Enough

"Enough" is a song by Chris Tomlin, a contemporary Christian singer and songwriter from Texas. It expresses our sufficiency in Christ.

"Enough" essentially says, "Jesus is all I need." The song is popular in many contemporary worship services.

Many contemporary Christian music artists have covered the song, but we like the Tomlin version:

"All of you is more than enough for all of me / For every thirst and every need / You satisfy me with your love / And all I have in You is more than enough."

4. For These Reasons

"For These Reasons" is a ballad by a singer and guitarist named Lincoln Brewster. His words of adoration for the Lord make this song a great choice for Thanksgiving celebrations:

For Your endless love / For the life You gave / For the second chance / For Your priceless grace / For Your healing hands / For the gift of peace / For the blessed hope / And for the faith to believe.

5. Forever

"Forever" is another Chris Tomlin song that we love. Popular in worship services, it explores the themes of thanksgiving, faithfulness, and assurance.

Do the lyrics sound familiar? They grew out of Psalm 136:

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

6. The Only Thing That's Beautiful in Me

"The Only Thing That's Beautiful in Me" is a new way to celebrate Thanksgiving.

The offering comes from Rush of Fools, a contemporary Christian band. Their song draws inspiration from Psalm 30:

Just like a mountain peak / You lift me up / Just like a desert stream / You fill my cup / And like a heart that beats / You are the blood that covers me / You cover me.

7. Thank You

"Thank You" is a popular ballad from Hillsong, an Australian worship band known worldwide for its praise and worship music.

The song is one of thanksgiving, praise, honor, and glory to Jesus:

Thank You for Your kindness / Thank You for Your mercy / Thank You for the cross / Thank You for the price you paid ...

Thank You for salvation / Thank You for unending grace / Thank You for Your hope / Thank You for this life You gave.

8. Thank You for Saving Me

"Thank You For Saving Me" is a ballad by Delirious, an English group that was once called The Cutting Edge Band.

The song is appropriate for both Thanksgiving and Easter celebrations. As the name implies, it follows salvation and thanksgiving themes:

Mercy and grace are mine, forgiven is my sin / Jesus my only hope, the Saviour of the world / "Great is the Lord" we cry / God let your kingdom come / Your word has let me see / Thank you for saving me!

9. Thank You, Lord

"Thank You, Lord" is a little different from the other songs on our list, with an upbeat country style.

Don Moen's recording is a good one, but we like the Paul Baloche version. It's the perfect song of gratitude and praise for family Thanksgiving celebrations:

I come before You today, and there's just one thing that I want to say / Thank You, Lord, thank You, Lord for all You've given to me, for all the blessings that I cannot see.

10. This is How We Know

"This is How We Know" rounds out our list of ten Thanksgiving songs by contemporary Christian music artists.

Matt Redman's beautiful offering is a song of love, sacrifice, and salvation. While it is not officially a "Thanksgiving song," it certainly expresses the best reason to give thanks to God:

For You so loved the world / That You gave Your only Son / Love amazing, so divine / We will love You in return ...

For this life that You give / For this death that You have died / Love amazing, so divine / We will love You in reply, Lord.

Your Turn

What is YOUR favorite Thanksgiving song by a contemporary Christian music artist? Leave your answer in the comments below. And if you liked this post, use those nifty buttons on the left to share it with your social networks. Thank you!

© 2011 Annette R. Smith

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DonnaCosmato 3 years ago from USA Level 1 Commenter

Great list! My favorite is number one; we sing that one at church a lot and it always sounds fresh and new.

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Annette R. Smith 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida Hub Author

Hi, Donna! We sing that one a lot, too. Our Houston area church (before we moved to San Antonio) introduced us to number ten, and I really love that one. Happy Thanksgiving!

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James A Watkins 2 years ago from Chicago Level 3 Commenter

I love this Hub! You made awesome selections. I have played nearly all of these in my church band (on drums). I am glad you mentioned Paul Baloche. I have met him a few times. He performs annually at a retreat for a men's group I belong to, the New Canaan Society. Next week, I am going to sing solo for the first time in my church and my choice for the song is "Open the Eyes of My Heart."

Excellent work! God Bless You!

James :-)

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Annette R. Smith 2 years ago from Orlando, Florida Hub Author

Thank you, James. I'm so glad you like this hub! My church plays a lot of worship music by Paul Baloche and Matt Redman. By the way, you've made a good choice for your solo next week. "Open the Eyes of My Heart" is a beautiful song. Thanks again for your words of encouragement. Happy Thanksgiving!

Billy Wayne 2 years ago

Hi Annette! Nice article on worship songs! Enjoyed reading!

Have a wonderful weekend :-)

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Annette R. Smith 2 years ago from Orlando, Florida Hub Author

Hi, Billy. So glad you stopped by! I hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving and your extended vacation. May your Christmas holidays be truly merry and bright. I hope to see you soon!

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teaches12345 22 months ago Level 4 Commenter

I have not heard some of these songs and will have to look them up. Thank you for this inspiring message and examples of how to celebrate the holiday in song. Blessings.

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Annette R. Smith 22 months ago from Orlando, Florida Hub Author

Thank you, teaches12345. I'm glad you enjoyed the article, and I hope your Thanksgiving is beautiful and blessed!

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Sunshine625 22 months ago from Orlando, FL Level 6 Commenter

Nice list! I like #1, I love singing it. Not that I sound good, but I don't care. Thanks for sharing the songs :)

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Annette R. Smith 22 months ago from Orlando, Florida Hub Author

Thanks, Linda. I like that one, too. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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