10 Thanksgiving Songs by Contemporary Christian Music Artists
Music is part of many Thanksgiving celebrations. Here are ten Thanksgiving songs by contemporary Christian music artists.
Sing Your Praise
Autumn is my favorite time of the year. Even in Texas, autumn has a warmth and beauty unlike the other seasons. It also has Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday.
Thanksgiving connects my family in ways that no other holiday can. We love, laugh, and dine together as we count our blessings and remember their source.
Called "a holiday for all Americans," Thanksgiving offers something for everyone: delicious food, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, college football, Miracle on 34th Street, and Black Friday, that harbinger of the Christmas shopping season.
For Christians, Thanksgiving is more than a feast of food, fellowship, and football. It is a true family celebration that reminds us of God's faithfulness, provision, and protection in our lives.
Thanksgiving is a good time to "count your blessings, name them one by one." More important, it is a time to praise God who is the source of all blessings. Thanksgiving is a public opportunity to honor God and recognize His hand at work in our lives.
Music is an important part of my family's Thanksgiving observance. Songs minister to our hearts in unique and profound ways. We gather together to sing our praise on Thanksgiving and throughout the year. Here are ten of our favorite contemporary Christian songs of thanksgiving and praise.
1. Blessed Be Your Name
Topping our list of ten Thanksgiving songs by comtemporary Christian music artists is "Blessed Be Your Name."
An English songwriter/worship leader named Matt Redman wrote the song, and many bands have covered it.
We like the version by Tree63, a South African praise and worship band. The "63" in their name refers to Psalm 63. "Blessed Be Your Name" 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.
"Doxology" is a short praise hymn to our triune God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Many Christians sing the doxology during or after a worship service. The tradition has its roots in a similar Jewish practice.
Many artists have recorded "Doxology" as a single or album track. We like the David Crowder Band recording. 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. Here are the words:
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.
"Enough" expresses our sufficiency in Christ. It essentially says, "Jesus is all I need." The song is popular in many contemporary worship services.
Chris Tomlin, an award winning singer-songwriter, wrote the song. Other artists have covered it, 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.
"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.
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