The story behind the creation of each song Praise Warrior
I Love You so much If you listened to the first CD “May we come before Your Throne” by Praise Warrior, you may think that the words to this song sound kind of familiar. That’s because there are two versions of this song, this version and “I Love You so much (For Communion)” with the differences being in the verses, and the Chorus being the same. Also the music is completely different in each version as well. The version on the new CD is the song as it was originally written as a prayer of repentance and honesty that happens with a relationship with the Lord. There is no holding back or trying to sugarcoat our prayers/confessions to the Lord. Just as the Chorus says in all honesty: “I love You so much, but not as much as You love me” and by knowing this we can come to the Lord in all honesty, knowing that He will forgive us, no matter what we have done, if we simply confess it to Him. Loving God The melody for this song as played on the piano, was written over 20 years ago by Steve. He originally titled it “Falling in Love” and the softness and romance of the melody always reminded him of falling in love with someone. During the recording of this CD, Steve knew he was already totally in love with the Lord, and discovered that the melody really was not about falling in love, but being in Love with the Lord. We have all experienced when we were kids laying on our parent’s lap and pressing our ear close so we could hear their heartbeat. Or holding someone you love so close that you can hear thier heartbeat. As you first listen to the song it’s like you can hear the heartbeat of God as He holds you close and you tell Him that you love Him. The song starts out softly and builds up then comes back down again, representing the romance and excitement of being in love with God. Because being in love with God is way beyond the worship feeling you get when you sing out loud to Him, but also the day to day excitement of walking with God. Just as the song does, so should we start our day, telling the Lord that we love Him and ending the day telling Him we love Him. For He is Good The first part of the phrase is taken from 2 Chronicles 7:3 When all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD on the temple, they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement, and worshiped and praised the LORD, saying: "For He is good, For His mercy endures forever." The second part is taken from Revelation 19:16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. With the final part being from Steve who always says that the Lord is everything to him. All this combined equals: For He is good! His mercy endures forever. For He is good! His mercy endures forever. He is Lord; He is King of kings He is Lord; He is everything to me Psalm 23 This one is obvious where it comes from, which is Psalm 23, which most are familiar with. But one of the things that sometimes happens when Steve writes a song, is that a musical phrase will come to him, and he just plays it over and over, because it won’t leave him. When that happens, he knows that a new song is coming from the Holy Spirit. That is the case here, even though the words are from King David, the Lord gave Steve the melody and directed him to Psalm 23 that he felt that the Lord wanted him to use it for. Just listen to the piano in the song and you can hear the melody that the Lord gave Steve for this Psalm. The Vision The words for The Vision are from Isaiah 1:1 & 6:1-8 Even though the words are spoken, Steve felt that this was done in heaven, so he wanted to add the angles singing between phrases as they sing out “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord” and “Worthy, Worthy, Worthy is the Lamb” just to give the listener an ever so slight glimpse of how it will be in heaven. Prayer Warrior This song was written about 15 years ago, but every time Steve tried to record it, it just didn’t sound right, because it was missing that drive of a warrior in battle. The Holy Spirit worked through Steve to get that drive into the song, as you can it hear the opening drums as an army marching into battle, and throughout the song you get that same drive. The Phrase in the song of “Fire Fall” speaks of the Holy Spirit falling upon the Prayer Warrior to give them strength and guidance during the battles that they face in prayer everyday for others. If you are a Prayer Warrior, this song is written for you and what you do. If you are not one yet, Steve prays that this song will get you to want to become one. God’s Love for us (A Smooth Groove) The reason this song is subtitled (A Smooth Groove), is because there are two versions of this song. The original version will be on the next CD “This is Real Life”, which will be out the Summer of 2016 (Lord willing). But when Steve was recording this CD, he started to play this song and got a smooth groove feel out of it, so he decided to include that version on this CD as well. When this song was originally written, Steve’s pastor’s little girl had been diagnosed with cancer and people all around the world were praying for her, that’s where the opening verse comes from, the rest of the verses are from things Steve has witnessed in others’ lives over the years. The song is written as an encouragement that no matter what we are going through, good times are tough times, the Lord if ALWAYS with us. Come fill me This is a little jazzy piece that Steve wrote. We often pray “Lord come fill me” or “Fill me with the Holy Spirit”. But this is written as a prayer, being more specific on how we want to be filled, and the things mentioned in the song are things we want to be filled with so that we can be more like Jesus. Jesus Groove This is a very interesting song that Steve actually recorded about 25 years ago as an instrumental. It was one of the first songs he had ever written and recorded. When he did, he didn’t know what to call it, since it was an instrumental, so he named it after a girl he was dating at the time (True story). But over the years he kept hearing the phrase of “Jesus, yes I really love You so” and he would start sing it out when he listened to the song. So he added some cool beats to it, and the phrase, which is what the Lord probably intended for Steve when he gave him the song 25 years ago. I Wanna say Thank You This song was actually recorded and released in November 2014 as a single. Steve released it in November so that people would remember to be thankful to the Lord for all His blessings in their lives. This is not a quite, solemn song; but a beat driven, get up and dance with joy unto the Lord in thankfulness for all that He has done for us type of song. So get your smooth groove moves on and dance unto the Lord with thankfulness!!!