Thanks – VS – Praise

There is a difference between these two actions.  We often combine them together and think of them as the same thing.  But there is an important nuance related to each of these which are especially pointiest when we are talking about giving either of them to the Lord.

Let’s start off with the secular definition of both of these

1. an expression of gratitude:
“festivals were held to give thanks for the harvest” ·


1. express warm approval or admiration of:
“we can’t praise Chris enough—he did a brilliant job”

Even by secular standards we can see if we look carefully that:

Thanks – Expresses gratitude for the thing that is received.
Praise – Is approval or admiration towards someone for what they’ve done, or who they are.

Thanks, points toward the what is received where as Praise, points toward the one who provided the item for which we might give thanks.

This distinction provides us a more exacting means of worship in use with the Spiritual implementation of the words.

I am so thankful to God for my church family, I praise Him for each and every one of them

In the light of this the sentence above takes on a fuller significance then if we were just to consider that we would use either word twice in the sentence.  One expresses appreciation for the blessing, while the other focuses that appreciation toward the one that provided it.

Now let’s look at how this flows when we consider scripture and these two words.


Psalms 100:4 (CSB)
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and bless his name.

So we see the reason the Psalmist used both words in the same verse.  It makes a much clearer understanding to what David is saying.

1 Chronicles 23:30 (CSB)
They are also to stand every morning to give thanks and praise to the Lord, and likewise in the evening.

Again an instance where both words are used to complement each other.

Being thankful in all things:

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (CSB)
give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 

Being thankful for God’s love:

Psalms 107:1 (CSB)
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his faithful love endures forever.

Thank God for His gift of salvation:

2 Corinthians 9:15 (CSB)
Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

Thank God for His Goodness:

Psalms 118:1 (CSB)
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his faithful love endures forever.

Thank God for all of His goodness and for all of the afflictions that come.  It is either God provided or God who sees you through it. Why should we thank God regardless of he bad times?

Psalms 23 (CSB)
The Lord is my shepherd; I have what I need.
He lets me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters.
He renews my life; he leads me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for you are with me; your rod and your staff — they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord as long as I live.

Because He is the ‘Good Shepherd’!


From the 145th Psalm known for its praises to God.

Psalms 145:1-2 (CSB)
I exalt you, my God the King, and bless your name forever and ever.
I will bless you every day; I will praise your name forever and ever.

Everything should praise God:

Psalms 150:6 (CSB)
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord.

Consistent praise to God:

Psalms 145:2 (CSB)
I will bless you every day; I will praise your name forever and ever.

Praise focused upon Jesus:

Luke 4:15 (CSB)
He was teaching in their synagogues, being praised by everyone.

Jesus praising God the Father:

Luke 10:21 (CSB)
At that time he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, because this was your good pleasure.

Praise with song:

1 Corinthians 14:15 (CSB)
What then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with my understanding. I will sing praise with the spirit, and I will also sing praise with my understanding.

Praise as constant offering:

Hebrews 13:15 (CSB)
Therefore, through him let us continually offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name.


Both giving thanks and giving praise are integral components of worship.  We thank God for what He’s done and is doing. We give Him praise for who is is. And at times we see where both of these are implemented in unison as both praise and thanks giving.

We are fast approaching Thanksgiving Day in the USA. This year we can Praise God for being the Lord that he is and be Thankful for all shy He’s done for us.


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