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A Most Wonderful Name

There is one name “that is above every name”.  Although the Scriptures command us not to “take the name of the LORD, your God, in vain”, many today have no respect for the name of God.  We have forgotten God and the warnings in Scripture that we are to revere Him and His name….

Deut. 5:11You must not misuse the name of the LORD your God. The LORD will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.  Leviticus 19:12 – “Do not bring shame on the name of your God by using it to swear falsely. I am the LORD.” Psalm 99:3Let them praise your great and awesome name– he is holy. 

In this post-Christian era, men have lost the knowledge of God.  When national tragedies occur, how empty it sounds for those that have espoused ungodliness through life styles, moral choices, and political issues to make the statement that “we send our prayers out to those that are suffering”.  Prayers don’t go to the suffering.  Prayers go to God in behalf of those that suffer.  He is the “present help in a time of need” (Ps. 46:1).  When people live devoid of God daily, they have no knowledge nor faith that gives them validity when they speak about calling on God in a crisis.

Conversely, there are those voices that when they speak of God, it is obvious that they know Him, seek Him, study the Bible to discern His will for living, and yearn to be pleasing to Him. When they call on the Lord in prayer, He hears.  And, when they say, “We need to pray now”, it is an earnest plea from one of God’s children to the rest of us and the Godly respond. Great men in history attempted great things for God because they were very aware of their dependence upon Him to accomplish Kingdom goals and God-sized projects.  One of those was a great composer.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was born into the musical family of Bach’s in 1685. By the age of ten, both of his parents were dead. Early in his friction-filled life, young Johann determined he would write music … music for the glory of God … and this he did. 

Most of Bach’s works are explicitly Biblical. Albert Schweitzer referred to him as “The Fifth Evangelist” thus comparing him to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. At age 17 Bach became the organist at the church he attended, and soon thereafter he was given charge of the entire music ministry.

During his ministry in Weimar, Germany he wrote a new cantata every month … EVERY MONTH! And during one three-year period he wrote, conducted, orchestrated, and performed (with his choir and orchestra) a new cantata every week!  No one had any idea what a mark Bach would leave. His legacy lives on some 300 years later. You can hear his music at will.

At the beginning of every authentic manuscript one will find the letters “J.J.” This stands for “Jesu Java” (Jesus help me). At the end of each original manuscript you will find the letters “S.D.G.” This stands for “Soli Deo Gloria” (to the glory of God).

Bach is a reminder that one who gives his life to Jesus and serves Him does not count it a loss. Mk 8:35 – For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.  (Copied).