People love birthdays, especially their own. Birthdays offer wonderful moments for recognizing the folks we love, as we bestow special greetings and gifts on them.
How can we make birthday cards and greetings more personal and thoughtful? What can we do to make birthday salutations more special and memorable? Why not include an appropriate Bible verse or two to encourage and affirm the birthday celebrant?
Scriptures Appropriate for Birthday Cards and Greetings
Choosing personalized passages (Bible verses) from the Word of God is a super way to make a birthday or gift unique and meaningful. Here are our top ten favorite Bible verses for birthday cards and greetings.
These verses are listed here in biblical order.
A Biblical Birthday Blessing
"God bless you and keep you,
God smile on you and gift you,
God look you full in the face
and make you prosper."
(Numbers 6:24-26, MSG)
This passage, taken from the Old Testament book of Numbers, offers a classic Biblical benediction, or blessing. An often-quoted section of the Torah, or Pentateuch, this Scripture cites the Lord's instructions to the high priest Aaron for blessing His people.
What higher blessing might you offer to a special friend or family member than to inscribe these words on a birthday card or greeting? A birthday celebrant's heart might be greatly warmed to hear such an encouragement of faith. Praying this Scripture and asking for the Lord's full blessing on someone you love is a wonderful gift indeed.
A Biblical Birthday Exclamation
"You have filled my heart with great joy.
It is greater than the joy of people
who have lots of grain and fresh wine."
(Psalm 4:7, NIrV)
Penned by King David of Israel, this verse proclaims sincere gratitude for the continuing provision of the Lord. This Scripture is particularly appropriate for a birthday card or greeting, because birthdays are excellent occasions for reflecting on the past and looking forward to the future. Affirming the birthday celebrant's trust in God's love and provision is a precious present.
A Biblical Birthday Petition
"The one thing I ask of the Lord -
the thing I seek most -
is to live in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
delighting in the Lord's perfections
and meditating in His Temple."
(Psalm 27:4, NLT)
Traditionally, many folks have enjoyed compiling birthday wish-lists. New toys, togs and trinkets usually top such lists. However, this psalm, also written by King David, offers a restored perspective. What really matters, as one faces another year of life?
This Scripture reminds both the birthday celebrant and the well-wisher of the highest value of all, delighting in the presence of the Lord. How lovely it might be to add this Bible quotation to a birthday card or greeting.
A Biblical Birthday Expression
"This is the day
which the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it."
(Psalm 118:24, NASB)
This brief verse, taken from the very center of the entire Bible, is probably the most commonly cited birthday-appropriate Scripture of all time. Who doesn't love rejoicing on a happy birthday?
Of course, this Bible verse also points out an important truth, lest we forget to give God the credit and the praise for another year of blessing. Surely, anyone who lives to celebrate another birthday has reason to be thankful to the Lord. Perhaps this is the reason this verse appears on so many birthday cards and greetings.
A Biblical Birthday Truth
"All the days ordained for me
were written in Your book
before one of them came to be."
(Psalm 139:16b, NIV)
Our omniscient God knows the end from the beginning, and vice versa. Throughout the Bible, God's all-knowing wisdom is demonstrated and celebrated.
In this popular psalm, filled with super self-image affirmation, King David recognizes the Lord's daily and active involvement in his own life. He understands that God holds each of his days within His power and grace.
What an appropriate reminder for anyone celebrating a birthday. After all, no one knows how many days or years he may live to see, except God. Those who trust Him are able to rest in His loving hands, no matter what happens. A birthday card or greeting is an ideal spot for adding this Scriptural statement.
A Biblical Birthday Promise
"I love those who love Me,
and those who seek Me early
and diligently shall find Me."
(Proverbs 8:17, AMP)
This Bible promise, excerpted from the Old Testament book of Proverbs, or Wisdom, quotes the Lord God with a clear promise. The Lord vows that those who truly seek Him will surely find Him. What a wonderful truth for birthday celebrants or anyone!
As a birthday celebrant anticipates another year of life, why not add this Bible verse to his or her birthday card or greeting? Can there be a more suitable occasion for reminding a loved one that God wants to walk through each day with him or her?
A Biblical Birthday Affirmation
"I always thank God for you
because of His grace
given you in Christ Jesus."
(1 Corinthians 1:4, NIV)
Usually, when we present someone with a birthday card or greeting, we do so out of love and appreciation for the birthday celebrant.
This brief Bible verse, taken from the Apostle Paul's letter to the early Corinthian church, eloquently offers an affirmation of friendship. Paul expresses how he thanks the Lord for those he loves. Including this verse in a birthday salutation extends the same sentiment to the birthday celebrant.
Are you grateful for someone special? Why not say so on his or her birthday?
A Biblical Birthday Assurance
"For we are God's masterpiece.
He has created us anew in Christ Jesus,
so we can do the good things
He planned for us long ago."
(Ephesians 2:10, NLT)
What birthday celebrant would not be encouraged by hearing that he or she is "God's masterpiece"? This Scripture, quoted from the Apostle Paul's letter to the early church at Ephesus, reminds readers of their God-given potential. What a wonderful assurance to include in a birthday card or greeting.
A Biblical Birthday Encouragement
"I thank my God
in all my remembrance of you."
(Philippians 1:3, AMP)
This often-quoted Bible verse offers both a Scriptural encouragement and a personal affirmation. Originally, the Apostle Paul penned these words to express his gratitude for the joyful and faithful believers in the early Philippian church.
By citing this Scripture in a birthday card or greeting, you can let the birthday celebrant know just how much he or she means to you - and to God.
A Biblical Birthday Intercession
I pray that you
may enjoy good health
and that all may go well with you,
even as your soul
is getting along well."
(3 John 1:2, NIV)
The Apostle John wrote these words to an esteemed elder of the early Christian church. However, these lines are also most appropriate for a birthday card or greeting today.
By including this Bible verse in a birthday salutation, you can encourage the birthday celebrant with your commitment to pray for him or her. Interceding for someone you love and asking the Lord to bless that person's soul is a wonderful gift indeed.
Select Your Favorite Bible Verses.
Perhaps you will choose to share other special life verses or applicable Scripture texts. A Bible concordance or online Bible search site can help you to locate additional appropriate Scriptures.
I hope you enjoy!