Thursday, December 31, 2009
Do not banish me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:11 HCSB
Where there is devotional music, God is always at hand with His gracious presence. Johann Sebastian Bach*
Johann Sebastian Bach was a worshiper and a worship leader. Throughout his life and career, he sought the Lord’s guidance as he composed. At the beginning of every composition, he would write J.J. (Jesu Juva – Help me, Jesus) or I.N.J. (In Nomine Jesu - In the name of Jesus). At the bottom of the manuscript, he would write S.D.G. (Soli Deo Gloria – To God alone be the glory).
Unfortunately, Bach’s life was full of sorrow. He became an orphan at the age of ten. His first wife died leaving him with four young children. Ten of his offspring died in infancy. Known for his bad temper, he struggled with church and civic government his entire life. Because of cataracts and failed surgery, his latter days were spent in almost total blindness. Through all of these struggles, however, Bach continued to compose music that would help people experience the presence of God.
Lord, refresh us with Your presence today as we worship You in song.