Paul was a man of praise. He knew the Old Testament. Each of the first four divisions in the book of Psalms end with doxologies (Ps. 41:13; 72:19; 89:52). 106:48). People who know God praise and exalt Him often.
- opening paragraphs in his letters
a. opening greetings (cf. Rom. 1:7; 1 Cor. 1:3; 2 Cor. 1:2)
b. opening blessings (2 Cor. 1:3-4; Eph. 1:3-14)
Rom. 1:7 …God loves you and has chosen you to be his very own people. I pray that God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ will be kind to you and will bless you with peace!
1 Cor. 1:3 My prayer is that God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ will be kind to you and will bless you with peace!
2 Cor. 1:2 I pray that God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ will be kind to you and will bless you with peace!
2 Cor. 1:3 Praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! The Father is a merciful God, who always gives us comfort.
4 He comforts us when we are in trouble, so that we can share that same comfort with others in trouble.
Short outbursts of praise
a. Rom. 9:5
b. 2 Cor. 11:31
Rom. 1:25 …I pray that God, who rules over all, will be praised forever! Amen.
2 Cor. 11:31 God, the Father of our Lord Jesus, knows I am not lying. And God is to be praised forever!
To be cont.