On Thankfulness

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

1 Thess. 5:18

“At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto Thee because of thy righteous judgments.”

Ps. 119:62

“O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.”

Ps. 136:1



Order of Contents

Help for Prayer
Articles  16
Days of Thanksgiving
First Thanksgiving Day
Latin  2



Quotes on Thankfulness

ed. Myers, Andrew – Help Me to be Thankful Always  2 quotes by George Whitefield and Richard Sibbes



Help for Prayer

Henry, Matthew – A Method for Prayer, ch. 4: Thankfulness  39 pp.

Do you run out of things to be thankful for in prayer?  Enter Matthew Henry’s prayer closet and pray his Scripture saturated prayers!  Come back to it again and again and you will never run out of things to be thankful for.



Puritan Articles

Adams, Thomas – The Sacrifice of Thankfulness  in Works, vol. 1, p. 115-136

Bridge, William – Thankfulness Required in Every Condition on 1 Thess. 5:18  †1671  18 pp.  in Works, vol. 4

Manton, Thomas

The Christian’s Special Duty of Giving Thanks  on Ps. 119:62  †1677  from his commentary on Ps. 119

James Ussher called Manton “one of the best preachers in England.”

[Five] Sermons upon 2 Thessalonians 1:3  in Works, 17:95-143. On thankfulness owed to God for his benefits.

A Sermon Preached on a Day of Public Thanksgiving on 2 Chron. 32:25  in Works, 17:383-394. On the sin of unthankfulness for mercies received.

Cooper, William – How can we Give Thanks in Everything?  on 1 Thess. 5:18  from Puritan Sermons 1659-1689, Being the Morning Exercises at Cripplegate, vol 1

Flavel, John – Thanksgiving for Mercies Received  on Dt. 33:19  †1691  in Works, vol. 5.324-333

Scudder, Henry

Motives to Praise and Thankfulness & Of the Real Proofs of Gratitude and Thankfulness to God in The Christian’s Daily Walk, pp. 124-135

Of Bearing Afflictions Thankfully and Fruitfully in The Christian’s Daily Walk, pp. 152-3

Burton, William – David’s Thanksgiving for the Arraignment of the Man of Earth, set forth in two sermons: The first sermon shows the manner of David’s thanksgiving, and contains many comfortable points necessary for afflicted consciences. The second sermon sets forth the matter itself, for David gives thanks and that is, The arraignment of the Man of Earth…  1598

Ward, Samuel – A Thankful Man’s Calendar  1624  6 paragraphs in A Peace-Offering to God for the Blessings we Enjoy

Shower, John – A Thanksgiving Sermon  1696

Calamy, Edmund – The Nobleman’s Pattern of true and real thankfulness presented in a sermon preached before the Right Honourable House of Lords, at their late solemn day of Thanksgiving, June 15, 1643  59 pp.



1700’s Articles

Whitefield, George – “Thankfulness for Mercies Received, A Necessary Duty,”  1738  in Sermons on Important Subjects, pp. 98-107

Davies, Samuel – Ingratitude to God an Heinous but General Iniquity  in Works, 1:652-67



1800’s Articles

Payson, Edward

The Christian Manner of Expressing Gratitude  in Works, 2:252-264

A Festival Kept to the Lord  in Works, 2:275-292. Observations concerning an annual day of of thanksgiving.

God’s Praises Sung; His Works Forgotten  in Works, 3:553-568

Spurgeon, C.H. – Thanksgiving and Prayer  #532, MTP 9.541-552



1900’s Articles

Warfield, B.B. – Faith & Life

The Heritage of the Saints in Light, pp. 340-49

Paul’s Great Thanksgiving, pp. 259-66



On Days of Thanksgiving

Latin Article


Voet, Gisbert – Ecclesiastical Politics  (Amsterdam: Waesberge, 1663), vol. 1, pt. 1, bk. 2, tract 4

3. Of Public Thanksgivings, Feasts and Good-Days  995



On the First Thanksgiving Day

McMahon, C. Matthew – The First Thanksgiving  Including background info and the original documents

Myers, Andrew – Happy Thanksgiving!  3 paragraphs  On the first protestant thanksgiving in North America in Florida in 1564





Wendelin, Marcus Friedrich – ch. 3, ‘Of Praise, Thanksgiving & of Adoration’  in Christian Theology  (Hanau, 1634; 2nd ed., Amsterdam, 1657), bk. 2, ‘Of the Worship of God’, pp. 659-61

Voet, Gisbert – ‘On gratitude & ingratitude’  in Select Theological Disputations  (Amsterdam: Jansson, 1667), vol. 4, 50. ‘A Syllabus of Questions on the Whole Decalogue’, p. 789




“And there was one Anna… which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.  And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of Him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.”

Lk. 2:36-38

“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

1 Cor. 15:57




Related Pages


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Family Worship

Meditation & Self-Examination

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Sealing of the Spirit

On Mourning & Bereavement