Ezra 3:11 (NIV) With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the LORD: "He is good; his love to Israel endures forever." And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.
Ezra 3:11 (MSG) They sang antiphonally praise and thanksgiving to GOD: Yes! GOD is good! Oh yes—he'll never quit loving Israel! All the people boomed out hurrahs, praising GOD as the foundation of The Temple of GOD was laid.
Psalm 147:7 (MSG) Sing to GOD a thanksgiving hymn, play music on your instruments to God.
Thanksgiving is a time when the world gets to see just how blessed and how workable the Christian system is. The emphasis is not on giving or buying, but on being thankful and expressing that appreciation to God and to one another. John Clayton