3 Responses for the Artist In Times of Tragedy

Allen Paul says those of us that love God must have a resource beyond our music alone.

And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him. – 1 Samuel 16:23 (KJV)

How shall we sing the LORD’S song in a strange land? – Psalm 137:4 (KJV)

In times of tragedy and loss, musicians and artists are asked to use their gifts to comfort the brokenhearted. We bring our songs, our art, our expressions to people in pain to give them a sense of peace.6070931149_864b5f9b0b_z

But what if the artist feels the same pain?

Does a song bring adequate solace to the singer? Can a performance bring peace to the musician?

Sometimes, the music is not enough. Those of us that love God must have a resource beyond our music alone. There are three places we can run to.

1. The Christ. No matter how deep the pain or loss, Jesus promises to be near to the brokenhearted. An artist must find comfort in the One that can comfort all hearts. We can not give solace to others if we don’t know the Savior’s love for ourselves. If you don’t draw from your own well of worship, your vessel will run dry while tending to the hurts of others.

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