Soli Deo Gloria

The Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach appended the initials "SDG" to the musical manuscripts of each of his cantatas and many of his other works. This dedication was also used by his contemporary George Frideric Handel, who was a famous man of the world.

The doctrine states essentially that everything that is done is for God's glory to the exclusion of humankind's self-glorification and pride. Humans are to be motivated and inspired by God's glory and not their own.