Gratitude and Praising the Lord

Under the Law of Moses the People Were to Praise the Lord

In ancient Israel the people gave thanksgiving, Nehemiah 11:17. "Ye shall rejoice before the Lord," Deuteronomy 12:12.

In the sacrifices that the children of Israel offered they were to rejoice unto the Lord, Deuteronomy 12:6-7. The Law of Moses included the provisions for a sacrifice of thanksgiving, Leviticus 7:11-13, Leviticus 22:29 and Amos 4:5.

The feast of tabernacles was to show thanks to the Lord, Leviticus 23:39-41. Also during the feast of weeks the Israelites were to rejoice before the Lord, Deuteronomy 16:10-11.

We Should Thank and Praise the Lord

Thanking the Lord is listed among other commandments, D&C 59:5-7. "A voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants," Revelation 19:5-7. The Lord expects us to have "a thankful heart in all things," D&C 62:7. We are to pray and give thanks unto the Lord, 2 Nephi 9:52-53. Give thanks to God always, Ephesians 5:19-21. The Gentiles are to rejoice and praise the Lord, Romans 15:9-11.

We should praise the Lord because through his atonement we can be made acceptable to the Lord, Ephesians 1:5-14. Give thanks to God who through Jesus Christ gives us victory over death and sin, 1 Corinthians 15:55-57. We are to repent of our sins and give thanks to God, Mosiah 26:39. We "should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness," 1 Peter 2:9-10. "Abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God," 2 Corinthians 4:14-15. "Let thy heart be full of thanks unto God," Alma 37:36-37.

We should thank our heavenly king, Mosiah 2:19-21. We should live in thanksgiving to our God, Alma 34:38. The Lord is my praise, Jeremiah 17:14. "Blessed be the name of our God," Alma 26:8. "Praise the Lord, call upon his name," 2 Nephi 22:1-6 also Isaiah 12:1-6.

we should do "all things with prayer and thanksgiving," D&C 46:7. The fruit of our lips should be giving thanks to the Lord, Hebrews 13:15-16. "In everything give thanks" for this is the will of the Lord, D&C 98:1-3 and 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. We should do all things in the Church for the glory of God, 1 Peter 4:11. We are to show thanksgiving as we live the gospel, Colossians 2:6-7. We should give thanks and pray for all people, 1 Timothy 2:1-2.

If we give thanks to God he will bless us with his peace, Philippians 4:6-7. Those who are thankful will have the things of the earth added unto them, D&C 78:17-19. "Always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive," Alma 7:23. We need to give thanks unto God for our blessings, D&C 46:32. We are to give thanks for the things of the earth, D&C 89:10.

The Lord is Unhappy With the Ungrateful

The Lord's wrath is kindled against those who "confess not his hand in all things," D&C 59:20-21. Those that think themselves wise are often unthankful to God, Romans 1:21. Not paying tithes and offerings shows ingratitude to God, Malachi 3:8-9 and 3 Nephi 24:8-9. When Paul describes the apostasy in the last days he includes unthankfulness, 2 Timothy 3:1-3.

When Jesus healed the 10 lepers, only one returned to give thanks, Luke 17:15-18. The parable of the ungrateful servant is a counter example of thankfulness, Matthew 18:23-34.

Examples of People Praising the Lord

Jesus set the example by thanking the father. Jesus thanked the Lord when he brought Lazarus back to life, John 11:41-43. When Jesus fed the four thousand, He first gave thanks and blessed it, Matthew 15:36 and Mark 8:6-7. When Jesus instituted the sacrament He gave thanks and blessed it, Matthew 26:26-28, Mark 14:22-24, Luke 22:17-19 and 1 Corinthians 11:23-25. Jesus rejoiced over the righteous Nephites that were there at His coming, 3 Nephi 27:30-31.

Many people rejoiced in the life of Jesus. Mary glories in the Lord, Luke 1:46-55. The angel appeared to the shepherds at Christ's birth and brought them tidings of great joy, Luke 2:10-12. At Christ's birth the multitude of the heavenly host praised God, Luke 2:13-14. After the shepherds had seen the Christ child they returned glorifying and praising God, Luke 2:20. When Jesus parents brought him into the the temple Simeon and Anna gave thanks that they had seen the Christ child, Luke 2:27-32 and Luke 2:36-38. John the Baptist gloried in Jesus, John 3:27-29. The people rejoiced at Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Luke 19:35-38. The women who came to the sepulcher had great joy in finding that the Lord had been resurrected, Matthew 28:6-8.

Leah praised the Lord because she was able to bear sons unto Jacob, Genesis 29:35. The people rejoiced and thanked the Lord when the foundation of the temple was laid, Ezra 3:10-13. Hannah rejoiced in the Lord, 1 Samuel 2:1-3. David rejoiced that the Lord would not leave his soul in hell, Acts 2:25-28. Daniel praised the Lord when He made known unto him the king's dream, Daniel 2:23. Daniel still prayed and thanked the Lord 3 times a day even when the king's law forbid it, Daniel 6:10. Zacharias praised the Lord at the time of John's circumcision, Luke 1:63-64.

When Lehi and his family left Jerusalem and went into the wildernesses he offered thanks to the Lord, 1 Nephi 2:6-7. They again offered thanks to the Lord when they were able to get the plates of brass and return safely to the wilderness, 1 Nephi 5:8-9. When Nephi's brothers rebelled and bound him, Nephi still praised the Lord in spite of his afflictions, 1 Nephi 18:16. Jacob delighteth in righteousness and will praise the Lord, 2 Nephi 9:49. King Benjamin's people gave thanks to God, Mosiah 2:3-4 and Mosiah 5:3-4. When Alma baptized the people at the waters of Mormon they rejoiced in the Lord, Mosiah 18:13-15. When the Lord delivered the people of Alma out of bondage to the Lamanites they stopped and gave thanks, Mosiah 24:21-22. The converted Lamanites are thankful for the gospel and the atonement that made it so they can repent, Alma 24:7-10. Mormon rejoices that his son Moroni has been called to the ministry, Moroni 8:2. The Jaredites did praise the Lord day and night on their journey to the promised land, Ether 6:9. A righteous Jaredite king, Emer saw Christ and rejoiced in his day, Ether 9:22.

Paul is thankful for his forefathers and for Timothy, 2 Timothy 1:1-5. When the ship that Paul was in was about to be ship wrecked he encourage the people to eat. He then took bread and gave thanks to God in the presence of them all, Acts 27:34-35. Paul thanked God and took courage on his way to Rome, Acts 28:14-15.

Paul gives thanks for the faithfulness, faith in Christ, and love of the early saints: The Corinthians in, 2 Corinthians 1:12-14, the Ephesians in Ephesians 1:15-16, Romans in, Romans 1:8-10 and the Corinthians in, 1 Corinthians 1:4-8. Paul is thankful to God that the Thessalonians realized that the gospel message was from God and not of men, 1 Thessalonians 2:13.

When Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery were baptized they rejoiced in the Lord, Joseph Smith—History 1:73. Martin Harris is told to rejoice and declare hosanna to the Lord, D&C 19:37-39. Sidney Rigdon and Edward Partridge are told to rejoice in the gospel, D&C 35:24-27.

Sing and Make Music unto the Lord

Emma is told that Lord "delighteth in the song of the heart" and she should rejoice, D&C 25:12-13. We should sing praises to the Lord, Psalms 92:1-5 and Psalms 95:1. "Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God," Psalms 147:1-6.

"Sing praise to the LORD, ... declare among the people his doings," Psalms 9:7-14. "Be ye thankful," and admonish one another in hymns, Colossians 3:15-17. "Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving," Psalms 147:7. Sing praises to the Lord with understanding, Psalms 47:6-7. If thou art merry, praise the Lord with singing, with music ...," D&C 136:28-29. "I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live," Psalms 104:33-35. The righteous are gathered to Zion singing songs of everlasting joy, D&C 45:71 and Moses 7:53.

David will sing and praise the Lord, Psalms 57:7-11, Psalms 61:8, and Psalms 108:1. David praises the Lord in a psalm of thanksgiving. Psalms 18 is very similar "The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer," 2 Samuel 22:1-4 and Psalms 18:1-3. "In my distress I called upon the Lord ... and he did hear my voice," 2 Samuel 22:7 and Psalms 18:6. The Lord delivered David because of his rightness, 2 Samuel 22:17-25 and Psalms 18:16. "God is my strength and power," 2 Samuel 22:29-37 and Psalms 18:28. "I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, 2 Samuel 22:47-51. Psalms 18:48-50.

When David brought the ark of the Lord to Jerusalem he appointed Levites to minister and thank the Lord, 1 Chronicles 16:4. He also caused them to sing a song of praise to the Lord, 1 Chronicles 16:7-36. David chose Levites to praise the Lord with musical instruments, 1 Chronicles 23:5.

The "redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion," Isaiah 51:11.

The Psalms Have Many Examples of Praising the Lord

I have heard of Psalms 100 being known as the Thanksgiving Psalm, Psalms 100:1-5. "Offer unto God thanksgiving," Psalms 50:14-15.

"Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD," Psalms 150:1-6. "I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart," Psalms 9:1-3. "While I live will I praise the Lord," Psalms 146:1-2. Give thanks unto the Lord and call upon His name, Psalms 105:1-8.

Praise the Lord in the midst of the congregations of Israel, Psalms 22:22-31 and Hebrews 2:12-13. Offering praise glorifies God, Psalms 50:23.

Praise ye the Lord, Psalms 106:1-2, Psalms 117:1, Psalms 135:1-4 and Psalms 147:12.

Praise the Lord for "His mercy endureth for ever," Psalms 118:28-29 and Psalms 138:1-8. Each verse of Psalms 136 ends with "for his mercy endureth for ever."

Rejoice in the day the Lord hath made, Psalms 118:21-24. Let those that trust the Lord rejoice and shout for joy, Psalms 5:11-12. My soul is joyful in the Lord, Psalms 35:9-10.

The meek shall delight in the abundance of peace, Psalms 37:11.

This sounds like the Children of Israel being released from bondage, Psalms 126:1-6.

Miscellaneous Scriptures on Praising the Lord

When listing the virtues of charity Paul lists rejoicing in truth, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.

The beasts and elders fell down and worshiped the Lord and gave honor to Him, Revelation 4:8-11and Revelation 11:16. The angels around God fell down and worshiped and thanked Him, Revelation 7:11-12.

"Charity ... rejoiceth in the truth," Moroni 7:45. Giving service to others causes them to give thanks to God, 2 Corinthians 9:8-15.

Moroni tells us to thank God that He has made know unto us what happened to the Nephites so that we can be more wise than they have been, Mormon 9:31.

Let those of low degree rejoice while the rich are made low, James 1:9-10.