10 Amazing Hymns Perfect for Thanksgiving Day

November 22, 2021

10 Amazing Hymns Perfect for Thanksgiving Day

Hymns for Thanksgiving Day! Rejoice in the delightful lyrics of popular and traditional Thanksgiving Christian hymns perfect for celebrating and giving thanks this holiday season.  Discover songs of praise to sing with family or read as a reminder of God's glory and love.  Below are 10 amazing hymns ideal for Thanksgiving Day with lyrics and summaries.  Click on the hymn titles to read the story behind each hymn and watch contemporary music video performances.

10 Thanksgiving Day Hymns 

Give Thanks in Songs of Praise!

1. All Creatures of Our God and King

"All Creatures of Our God and King" is an English Christian Easter hymn by William Henry Draper, based on a poem by St Francis of Assisi. It was first published in a hymn book in 1919.

Lyrics:

1 All creatures of our God and King,

lift up your voice and with us sing

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou burning sun with golden beam,

thou silver moon with softer gleam,

O praise Him, O praise Him!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!


2 Thou rushing wind that art so strong,

ye clouds that sail in heav'n along,

O praise Him! Alleluia!

Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice,

ye lights of ev'ning find a voice!

O praise Him, O praise Him!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!


3 And all ye men of tender heart,

forgiving others, take your part,

O sing ye! Alleluia!

Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,

praise God and on Him cast your care!

O praise Him, O praise Him!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!


4 Let all things their Creator bless

and worship Him in humbleness,

O praise Him! Alleluia!

Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,

and praise the Spirit, Three in One:

O praise Him, O praise Him!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!


2. Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

"Praise, My Soul" is a great example of the appreciation for God's sovereignty commonly found in Christian songs and gospel. Inspired by Psalm 103, this joyous hymn praises the glory of God, "King of Heaven." We are encouraged to give our lives to God, and will be "ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven."

Lyrics:

1 Praise, my soul, the King of heaven;

to his feet your tribute bring.

Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,

evermore his praises sing.

Alleluia, alleluia!

Praise the everlasting King!


2 Praise him for his grace and favor

to his people in distress.

Praise him, still the same as ever,

slow to chide, and swift to bless.

Alleluia, alleluia!

Glorious in his faithfulness!


3 Fatherlike he tends and spares us;

well our feeble frame he knows.

In his hand he gently bears us,

rescues us from all our foes.

Alleluia, alleluia!

Widely yet his mercy flows!


4 Angels, help us to adore him;

you behold him face to face.

Sun and moon, bow down before him,

dwellers all in time and space.

Alleluia, alleluia!

Praise with us the God of grace!


3. For the Beauty of the Earth

"For the Beauty of the Earth.", written by Folliot Pierpoint in 1864, praises the beautiful world that we inhabit and the many things he loved. He mentions many aspects of existence for which he is grateful, including the earth and skies, tree and flower, human love and "best gift divine." This joyous hymn is a great reminder of all the beauty that surrounds us and to not take this for granted!

Lyrics:

1 For the beauty of the earth, 

for the glory of the skies, 

for the love which from our birth

over and around us lies.


Refrain: 

Christ, our Lord, to you we raise 

this, our hymn of grateful praise.


2 For the wonder of each hour 

of the day and of the night, 

hill and vale and tree and flower, 

sun and moon and stars of light, [Refrain]


3 For the joy of human love, 

brother, sister, parent, child, 

friends on earth, and friends above, 

for all gentle thoughts and mild, [Refrain] 


4 For yourself, best gift divine, 

to the world so freely given, 

agent of God's grand design: 

peace on earth and joy in heaven. [Refrain]


4. Praise to the Lord the Almighty

Lyrics:

1 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!

O my soul, praise him, for he is your health and salvation!

Come, all who hear; now to his temple draw near,

join me in glad adoration.


2 Praise to the Lord, above all things so wondrously reigning;

sheltering you under his wings, and so gently sustaining!

Have you not seen all that is needful has been

sent by his gracious ordaining?


3 Praise to the Lord, who will prosper your work and defend you;

surely his goodness and mercy shall daily attend you.

Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,

if with his love he befriends you.


4 Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore him!

All that has life and breath, come now with praises before him.

Let the Amen sound from his people again;

gladly forever adore him.


5. To God Be The Glory

"To God Be the Glory" celebrates the greatness of God and calls upon an appreciation for the wondrous things "He hath done." It is a glorious hymn to be sung rejoicefully in the spirit of gratitude.

Lyrics:

To God be the glory, great things He hath done;

So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,

Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,

And opened the life gate that all may go in.


Refrain

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,

Let the earth hear His voice!

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,

Let the people rejoice!

O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,

And give Him the glory, great things He hath done.


Stanza 2

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,

To every believer the promise of God;

The vilest offender who truly believes,

That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

(Refrain)


Stanza 3

Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,

And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;

But purer, and higher, and greater will be

Our wonder, our rapture, when Jesus we see.

(Refrain)


6. All People That on Earth Do Dwell

1 All people that on earth do dwell,

sing to the LORD with cheerful voice.

Serve him with joy, his praises tell,

come now before him and rejoice!


2 Know that the LORD is God indeed;

he formed us all without our aid.

We are the flock he surely feeds,

the sheep who by his hand were made.


3 O enter then his gates with joy,

within his courts his praise proclaim!

Let thankful songs your tongues employ.

O bless and magnify his name!


4 Because the LORD our God is good,

his mercy is forever sure.

His faithfulness at all times stood

and shall from age to age endure.


7. All Things Bright and Beautiful

Refrain:

All things bright and beautiful, 

all creatures great and small,

all things wise and wonderful, 

the Lord God made them all.


1 Each little flow’r that opens,

each little bird that sings,

God made their glowing colors,

God made their tiny wings. [Refrain]


2 The purple-headed mountain,

the river running by,

the sunset, and the morning

that brightens up the sky; [Refrain]


3 The cold wind in the winter, 

the pleasant summer sun, 

the ripe fruits in the garden,

God made them, ev’ry one. [Refrain]


4 God gave us eyes to see them, 

and lips that we might tell

how great is God Almighty,

who has made all things well. [Refrain]


8. Count Your Blessings

When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed,

When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,

Count your many blessings, name them one by one,

And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done. 


Refrain:

Count your blessings, name them one by one;

Count your blessings, see what God hath done;

Count your blessings, name them one by one;

Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.


Are you ever burdened with a load of care?

Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?

Count your many blessings, ev'ry doubt will fly,

And you will be singing as the days go by. (Refrain)


When you look at others with their lands and gold,

Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;

Count your many blessings, money cannot buy

Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high. (Refrain)


So, amid the conflict, whether great or small,

Do not be discouraged, God is over all;

Count your many blessings, angels will attend,

Help and comfort give you to your journey's end. (Refrain)


9. Great Is Thy Faithfulness

1 Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father; 

there is no shadow of turning with thee; 

thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not; 

as thou hast been thou forever wilt be.


Refrain: 

Great is thy faithfulness! 

Great is thy faithfulness! 

Morning by morning new mercies I see:

all I have needed thy hand hath provided--

Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!


2 Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,

sun, moon, and stars in their courses above

join with all nature in manifold witness 

to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love. [Refrain]


3 Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, 

thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide, 

strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,

blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! [Refrain]


10. The Love of God

1 The love of God is greater far

than tongue or pen can ever tell;

it goes beyond the highest star,

and reaches to the lowest hell.


The wandering child is reconciled

by God's beloved Son.

The aching soul again made whole,

and priceless pardon won.


Refrain:

O love of God, how rich and pure!

How measureless and strong!

It shall forevermore endure—

the saints’ and angels’ song.


2 When ancient time shall pass away,

and human thrones and kingdoms fall;

when those who here refuse to pray

on rocks and hills and mountains call;


God’s love so sure, shall still endure,

all measureless and strong;

grace will resound the whole earth round—

the saints’ and angels’ song. [Refrain]


3 Could we with ink the ocean fill,

and were the skies of parchment made;

were ev’ry stalk on earth a quill,

and everyone a scribe by trade;


To write the love of God above

would drain the ocean dry;

nor could the scroll contain the whole,

though stretched from sky to sky. [Refrain]


May these Hymns for Thanksgiving Day bring you joy and gratitude as you rejoice in the beauty of life!

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