October 2003
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MAYBOLE BAPTIST CHURCH

 

I Am The GREATEST!

 

The world titled boxer Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay)

is pretty well known even today and the catch phrases he used

are almost as famous as his name and titles.

I dance like a butterfly and sting like a bee!

was one.  Another and perhaps the most famous was

I Am The GREATEST!

 

          He came back to my mind the other day when I read something about the German composer Johann Sebastian Bach who lived from 1685 to 1750.  Bach is still famous for music he wrote 300 years ago.  Every year thousands still attend and applaud concerts of his music.

 

          It seems that at the end of his compositions Bach would sketch the letters SDG.  They had nothing to do with his name at all but indicated the Latin phrase Soli Deo Gloria .  Loosely translated this phrase means: To God Alone Be The Glory.  This is rather like the Psalmist who sang:  Psalms 292.

Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to his name;

 Worship the LORD in the splendour of his holiness.

And the prophet who said:  Isaiah 211

The eyes of the arrogant man will be humbled

And the pride of men brought low;

The LORD alone will be exalted in that day.

 

          I guess Bach had got the picture.  Itís one thing to appreciate skills, abilities and prowess which people exhibit, not least when theyíve applied themselves to developing these.  But itís quite another thing to mistakenly exalt them so they blot out God from our lives.

 

Does God have His rightful place in your life?

Or are you giving His glory to someone (something) else?    

Rev Richard Martin                                                                    08 October 2003

 

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