From the Coquina Choir Director,
The eighteenth century composer Johann Sebastian Bach was not only famous for his beautiful music, but for something he wrote at the end of every composition... it was SDG which—from the Latin—meant "Glory to God Alone!" It was so influential, other contemporary composers like George Frideric Handel and Christoph Graupner also took up the moniker!
That is a wonderful reminder to all of us that the glory belongs to God—and Him alone; not to the composer, or the performer. Rather, that music is a gift from God funneled through the composer to the performer. The performer then combines that with their God given gifts and talents to bring glory to God.
The Coquina Choir always reminds itself that it is not for our glory, but God’s glory that we sing. The Choir’s purpose is not to entertain or impress the congregation, but to help the congregation join us in praising God. We work hard to use the gift God has given us, yet we know that it is only with His help that we are able to accomplish our goal of giving our own praise and leading the congregation in praise! Glory to God alone!
A great article that explains the importance of living that phrase is at Ligonier Ministries can be read at: Soli Deo Gloria! We encourage you to read it!
Sing to the Lord! Join the Choir!
Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. NIV Psalm 95:1
My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you-- I, whom you have redeemed. NIV Psalm 71:23
Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. NIV Psalm 105:2
He says, "I will declare your name to my brothers; in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises." NIV Hebrews 2:12
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. NIV Colossians 3:16