Soli Deo Gloria
“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High…” Psalm 92:1
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:14
Soil Deo Gloria is Latin for To God Alone Be Glory– sometimes abbreviated S. D. G.
Bach, Handel and other composers often signed their major works particularly the great choral sacred and even some secular works of Bach were signed Soli Deo Gloria or S.D.G. Handel also used the term in his works such as The Messiah and other oratorios.
We should not be surprised when so few greatly gifted musicians, artists, inventors, composers, performers, the intellectual elite and the like rarely openly give God the glory for their accomplishments and successes and some who do are often ridiculed with cynicism by the naysayers who judge their motives to be disingenuous at best and totally self-serving at worst.
Nevertheless, God looks on the heart and those who honor Him openly among men will be honored in Heaven and find favor with God and with men.
Glory is an attribute of worth and recognition of supreme majesty, magnificence, grandeur, authority, wisdom knowledge, creativity, dominion, excellence, omniscience (all knowing,) omnipotence (all power), and omnipresence (all present), encompassing all things yet contained by nothing, unlimited, unrestrained, un-externally controlled or dependent on any. Glory is the sum of God’s expression of Himself in all creation.
All that we have we have from His hand by His grace. To recognize Him as the source of all things toward us is to give Him the glory He alone deserves.
It is good to give thanks unto the Lord.
Giving glory to God is an expression of gratitude and recognition of the excellence of the thing accomplished with human hands, empowered by, inspired by and brought to the knowledge and experience of mankind solely by God’s power.
What people see or hear in performance, or benefit from in agriculture, medicine the sciences and technology, because of the work of those gifted and talented by God’s provision is the product of good stewardship, sacrifice and perseverance for sure by the practitioners.
But the practitioners of the art, who understand the source of their genius is not themselves, but a Giver of much greater wisdom than they are compelled by their gratitude to acknowledge that they could never discover on their own what they are credited with apart from God.
Simply put, people who know that their extraordinary gifts, knowledge, or discoveries are a gift from God are eager to give Him the thanks and praise.
Soli Deo Gloria. S. D. G. To God Alone Be Glory.