The Story Behind the Song
by Bryan & Katie Torwalt
Worship is such an amazing, powerful and beautiful thing. In the Psalms, it talks about God being enthroned upon the praises of His people. We love this picture, one of God establishing His Kingdom in a place of worship and praise. This is where the song “Holy Spirit” really started for us, it was a prayer, like Jesus taught us to pray in Matthew 6: “Let Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven.” The song “Holy Spirit” is about us, turning our hearts, affection and awareness toward God’s presence.
Seven years ago as young worship pastors in a small church in central California, we began writing worship songs for our local congregation. We wanted fresh language for ourselves in worship, and we wanted anthems we could sing out together as a community. Our hearts were simply to lift up the name of Jesus, and to make room for God to have His way in our times of worship.
As we wrote songs, we hoped that somehow some of our songs, like “Holy Spirit,” would make their way into other churches, but we have been blown away with how God has used this particular song. To hear testimonies of people encountering God and getting healed and set free in times of worship have been incredible. The fact that a song about the Holy Spirit, called “Holy Spirit,” ended up winning a Grammy is so crazy and unbelievable.
Over the last few years, we have had the privilege of traveling and leading worship in many different cities across the nation and world. We’ve moved to Sacramento, CA, to be a part of a Jesus Culture church plant and have been overwhelmed by the incredible goodness and kindness of God. As we’ve grown and lived life, new songs have come out of those seasons. We’re more aware than ever that even though there is darkness in the world, hope is alive and God is moving in churches and cities everywhere. We recently got to lead worship in the city of Orlando only two weeks after the horrible tragedies that happened there. We weren’t sure if people would come out because of how fresh the events were and people had every reason to be afraid. However, people came and packed out the night of worship. It was honestly one of the most inspiring nights of leading worship we’ve ever been a part of. The Presence of God was so tangible, and the courage that people had to come and worship with everything they had was something I’ll never forget.
It’s moments like these that have inspired us in the writing of our newest album Champion. Our God is victorious, and He’s the one that fights our battles for us. These songs come from our experiences with God and our community over the last few years. We wanted to write declarations of hope and the incredible goodness of God. We wanted to tell the stories of our God who has overcome death through the resurrection of Christ and how He’s made a way for us where there was no way.
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