My first book, Worship Worthy, came about almost by accident. It started with a simple posting on my Facebook page in which I strung a few “A” words together that unexpectedly had invaded a quiet early morning meditation. With this brief alliterative whim I gave voice to my wonder at the beauty of Jesus. The next morning it occurred to me to try “B” and so began a 26 day journey into joy and worship.
Alliteration is an ancient poetic device aimed to create beauty in the soul and a kind of idea-stickiness for the mind. Not everyone gets into it to be sure. Still, alliteration isn’t always as cheesy as some suggest. It often can be helpful, and even beautiful. Whether or not Worship Worthy is either will be up to others to decide. But I do know this: in this flight into words my eyes of faith caught a fresh glimpse of God, and I’m the better for it.
Alliteration is an ancient poetic device aimed to create beauty in the soul tweet
My inspiration for Worship Worthy: Alliterative Adoration is drawn from three sources. It begins with a winsome model. Psalm 119 is a marvelous piece of alliterative poetry. There are twenty-two sections in the Psalm, corresponding to the letters of the Hebrew alphabet in which it was originally written. Each section is headed by a succeeding letter of the alphabet, and each verse in each section begins with that letter. This shows us that whether for beauty’s sake alone, or as a memory aid (the motive is likely both), alliteration is a winsome divinely-inspired, God-sanctioned artistic teaching device.
Besides this winsome model I have also been affected by a wondrous title. Jesus is called “the Alpha and Omega” (Revelation 1:8). These are the Greek letters equivalent to our “A” and “Z” implying that Jesus is where it all begins and where it will all end. This wonderful title declares the stunning theological truth that Jesus is sovereign over history, and the cause and climax of it all. This became my motivation to adore from A to Z.
Finally, my inspiration derived from a wonderful Person. Once my heart was taken up into the duo-theme of the Person and Work of Christ, I did not want to stop. When “Z” arrived my heart sank. So when it occurred to me to turn my rather hastily crafted Facebook entries into something more substantial and enduring, Worship Worthy was born.
I confess two motives in writing. I would love for this book to offer at least a few glimpses of beauty. Whether or not I succeed in that, I dearly hope that many will find the Subject wonderful. Maybe some readers will catch a fresh focused sighting of the beauty that has made so many fall in love with Jesus. If that happens, then I will be a happy man.