My central thought as an artist is, “how will this make God look more beautiful, precious and holy in the sight of man?” Second to that, but integrally tied to it, is, “how will this help build others up in Christ?”

“Newton had a ready pen, some imagination, deep feeling, a knowledge of Scripture, and an urgent motive.” What is your motivation as an artist?
This quote, found today on, prompted me to think and pray about what I do in music, particularly the music I write and arrange for the church. I think I have some imagination, but do I have a ready pen? What is the “urgent motive” I should have for exercising my pen and imagination? Is my knowledge of Scripture deep enough and heartfelt enough for it to saturate my creative offerings? Is my feeling deep and my burden great for others to know the beauty of God in Christ revealed?

I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations.
For your steadfast love is great above the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Ps. 108:3-4

I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. (Psalms 77:11, 12 ESV)

“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11