‘It was almost miraculous’: TobyMac reveals the Bible verse that sparked a breakthrough and changed everything after his son’s tragic death


“God kept his word. He came to see me in the valley“, said TobyMac recently.

The Christian artist, who is releasing his first album since the tragic 2019 death of his son, Truett McKeehan, later this week, knows the depths of human despair.

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The singer, a staple for decades in the world of Christian music, has long inspired fans with his music, but he embarked on his own journey to seek peace and restoration after losing Truett to an accidental overdose. at the age of 21.

TobyMac’s new album, “Life after Death,” is set to be released on August 19. He shared a statement with CBN’s Faithwire about how he came through the pain, processed the loss, and emerged with a collection of music that was both cathartic and sure to inspire his followers.

“When I started working on the songs that make up the ‘Life After Death’ project, I had no idea where this dark valley would take me,” TobyMac said. “I’ve always written songs from my own experiences. My life. The good, the bad and the ugly. »

The loss of his son was a deeply painful experience unlike anything he had faced before. Although he wrote songs to honor his son and process his pain, he found himself asking, “How will my family cope?”

Over the months, TobyMac opened up about how his heart was broken and how he continued to process his pain through music. He began to wonder if he would ever make music out of his pain rather than out of his triumphs.

“’One day,’ I said to myself, ‘I guess I’ll be writing songs of my sadness for the rest of my life. Sure, they’re not lacking in confidence, but I don’t think I’ll ever write another upbeat song,” he recalled. “‘It’s just not in me anymore.'”

But the singer suddenly encountered a scripture proclaiming, “God rolls up his sleeves.” The verse, found in Psalm 98:1-2, helped transform TobyMac’s perspective. It reads:

Sing to God a brand new song. He created a world of wonders! He rolled up His sleeves, He fixed it. God made history with salvation, He showed the world what He could do.

“I couldn’t get the image out of my mind,” he said. “And it started to take root in my soul.”

Then something incredible happened: he wrote the song “Help Is on the Way” a few nights after finding this verse – an upbeat tune. What TobyMac thought was impossible was suddenly a reality, and he did it much faster than usual.

“I looked up after the smoke cleared, and I had written a rhythmic song, it was almost miraculous…because I did something I thought I would never do again,” said he declared. “It was not happy. It was more stirring and intense. But it wasn’t a ballad. It wasn’t sad. There was hope in that. »

This scriptural discovery, however, not only sparked a musical breakthrough; it was also an infusion of hope.

“In fact, I started to believe that helping is on my way. May God roll up his sleeves in ‘my’ name,” he said. “I didn’t just write a song; In fact, I started to believe it.

He continued, “God kept his word. He came to me in the valley, and He showed me that He is good, that He is kind.

As CBN’s Faithwire previously reported, TobyMac has openly discussed the loss of his son Truett. In a video posted by JOY-FM, he said he hadn’t thought deeply about eternity before his son’s death, but the monumental loss made him imagine it more fervently.

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