I couldn’t turn down a Bible study. Especially one that took place while I waited for the children to finishAWANA, their weekly Bible memorization program,. (AWANA stands for “Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed”). The Bible study was about praise. We went through a wonderful devotional book together, and what I took away from this study was what I call ‘alphabet praise.’ The idea is that you can praise God with words, not just in song. And you can think of a different word for every letter of the alphabet to praise Him. So I use this model for praise. You should try it. It really makes you concentrate on the Lord.
I start out my prayers with this exercise, and I will include one a month here.
This is my favorite for January, though it
was hard to choose. I tried a few metaphors, and
this one is an extended metaphor for the whole
alphabet, and it’s based on music:
Father, You are an accordion with endless beautiful combinations
You are a delightful melody , an excellent harmony
a fresh fugue,
with gorgeous development
a heavenly riffingeniously executed
a joyous chorus on a killer bridge
music overflowing the page
quarter notes taking the stageripping serious strings
triumphing to the utmost violions warbling,
xylophones pounding, yellow zithers