Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The WOW factor of the Glory of God and his creation (Psalm 19:1) with an insight from J.S. Bach and the purpose of his music.

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 19:1 (NIV)
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

J.S. Bach said, "All music should have no other end and aim than the glory of God and the soul's refreshment; where this is not remembered there is no real music but only a devilish hub-bub." …  He headed his compositions: "J.J." "Jesus Juva" which means "Jesus help me."
He ended them "S.D.G." "Soli Dei gratia" which means "To God alone the praise."
The glory of God is the WOW factor of the universe. The astronauts have been hard pressed to describe what they have seen. The Hubble telescope continues to send back unbelievable pictures. And we simply sit back and declare – WOW!

With all this data there is one thing to remember … we are only beginning to scratch the surface of what is out there. I’ve often wondered what men like Galileo would have thought if they had had the 21st Century capabilities. WOW!

Was it the 1950’s TV program, “I’ve Got A Secret” that had a recording of the sounds of space? All I remember is that so beautiful and breathtaking to listen to. It was peaceful and magical. It is pure WOW!

And so, as we star into the night sky to look at the 4th of July fireworks, look higher into night’s sky, see the stars and allow our mind to embrace it all … WOW … “To God be the glory great things he has done!” Wow indeed!

Wow, O Eternal Creator … Wow. Wow, O Living Redeemer, Wow. Wow, O Sustaining Spirit, Wow. And may all the glory be yours!

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