20 Bible Verses about Happiness and the Joy of Gratitude

What does scripture say about happiness, joy, and gratitude? Here we have gathered some of the best Bible verses about happiness to uplift your spirit through hardships and grief.

We will undoubtedly face trials and tribulations, as the Bible warns us, but scripture calls us to "rejoice in the Lord" for the blessings of God's grace and mercy will triumph all pain. Even in our times of grief and mourning, God will be with us. "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds" (Psalm 147:3). 

Sing and pray with a joyful heart thanksgivings of salvation knowing that Jesus has won the victory over death. "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away" (Revelation 21:4).

Read and reflect upon the Bible verses about happiness in this collection of scripture quotes.

Bible Verses about Happiness

Psalm 37:4 ESV
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Ecclesiastes 3:12 ESV
I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live

Isaiah 12:2 ESV
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”

Isaiah 12:3 ESV
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

Psalm 16:11 ESV
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

2 Corinthians 12:10 ESV

For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Proverbs 17:22 ESV

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Psalm 40:8 ESV 

I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.

Ecclesiastes 7:14 ESV

In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.

James 5:13 ESV

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.

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Scripture Quotes on Rejoicing in the Lord

Philippians 4:4 ESV
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.

Romans 15:13 ESV
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Romans 12:12 ESV 
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

John 16:24 ESV
Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

Galatians 5:22 ESV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

John 16:22 ESV
So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.

Romans 14:17 ESV
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Bible Quotes About Gratitude

Psalm 136:1 ESV
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.

James 1:17 ESV
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Psalm 118:24 ESV
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Colossians 3:17 ESV
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Ephesians 1:16 ESV
I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers

Colossians 3:15 ESV
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Prayer for Happiness

Lord, Help Us in Hardships, Fill Us with Joy
You are the eternal protection and salvation of our souls,
arm us with the helmet of hope,
and the shield of your invincible defense.

Help us in all hardships and needs,
and fill us with joy and gladness with those who love you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Sarum Rite

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