Soli Deo Gloria!
A devotional thought from Christian George for “Sacrifice and Salvation (Part 2)”
German composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was a master at making harmonies on the organ. In fact, many of the great musicians—including Mozart and Beethoven—often played Bach’s music first before they played anything else. The reason? First, Bach was a genius and his music stretched both the imagination and the fingers. Second, the way Bach orchestrated the harmonies of his fugues (often playing three melodic harmonies at the same time) left audiences wondering, “How did he do that?”
Harmony is not only to be enjoyed by musicians. It goes farther back then that. All of us can experience the joy of harmony. Music reminds us of a fundamental cooperation—a holy harmony—that once existed between humanity and divinity. Even farther back, it recalls the harmony that exists among the three persons of the Trinity long before creation was ever created. Like three notes of the same chord played at the same time, each person of the Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—lives in agreement with the others in nature and in mission.
God wanted the ancient Israelites to be in harmony with Himself. But He also wanted them to live in harmony with each other. That’s why He gave His people two additional sacrifices: the sin offering (Lev. 5:1-13) and the restitution offering (5:14-19). Both of these offerings were restorative. They remind us that only a restored relationship with God can truly restore our relationships with others. And only restored relationships with others can truly reflect our restored relationship with God. So here’s the question: Are you living in harmony or discord?
Pause and Reflect:
• What other disciplines besides music reflect harmony? Why do all analogies to the Trinity eventually break down?
• Why is restitution a priority to God?
• Bach signed every piece of music “S.D.G.”—Soli Deo Gloria: “To God alone be the glory.” Can you sign the same thing on everything you produce?