Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs


Taken from Colossians 3:16, the Verse of the Day for November 27, the day after Thanksgiving Day, reminds that giving thanks to God should be ongoing:

Let the [spoken] word of Christ have its home within you [dwelling in your heart and mind—permeating every aspect of your being] as you teach [spiritual things] and admonish and train one another with all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

We find a similar exhortation to be “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord’ in Ephesians 5:19. These verses are reminders that expressing our gratitude to God is always in season, not just during the week of Thanksgiving, but our hearts should overflow, as we offer psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs of thankfulness to God for His bountiful blessings.

In past, I have posted my list of “Top Ten Thanksgiving Songs”: five were traditional hymns, and five were contemporary songs of praise and worship, all of which focus on being thankful. I recognize now that the list could be viewed as a collection of “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.” From the original list is a sampling of songs from those three categories.


Psalms are consider songs of praise directed to God, as illustrated in the Book of Psalms. Today a number of the Psalms of David have been set to music, as illustrated in these three selections:

One of most popular songs of thanks from the Bible is “ I Will Enter His Gates with Thanksgiving /He Has Made Me Glad” offered by Maranatha Music.

Sean Dayton offers a musical version of Psalm 105: “Give Thanks”:


Another psalm of thanksgiving and praise is Psalm 138 in this rendition by Jason Silver:


Hymns are described as formal and traditional songs often sung by a congregation in praise of God in a public worship setting. Here is a medley of three popular hymns of thanksgiving: “Come Ye Thankful People Come,” “We Gather Together,” and “For the Beauty of the Earth.”

Another popular hymn of thanksgiving isNow Thank We All Our God” displayed in this concert arrangement by John Rutter:

Spiritual songs:

This category of songs are said to be inspired by the Holy Spirit, often based on a spiritual theme or teaching spiritual principles. Much of contemporary praise and worship can be placed in this category.

A classic example of this category would be Don Moen’s “Give Thanks”:

Recently I discovered a new song of gratitude “I’m Thankful” by Alexander Delgado:

The final selection has the same title as the previous song “I’m Thankful.” This composition, however, is written and sung by Lisa Tracy.


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I’m Thankful

Every day may we encourage ourselves and one another, “singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

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