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BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#117 - "What A Savior" by Laura Story
INO Records' Laura Story speaks with NRT contributor Kevin Davis about a new worship song she sings on the Catalyst Music Project compilation.
 


The Catalyst organization was conceived at a Next Generation Leaders Conference in 1999 by Andy Stanley, Reggie Joiner, John Maxwell, Lanny Donoho and several young leaders. It was created to meet the felt need that existed for a leadership event that was focused on a new generation of church leaders, by creating a conference specifically focused on leaders under the age of 40. In October of 2000 in Atlanta, GA, partnering with North Point Community Church, Catalyst convened 1,500 church leaders for this inaugural experience.

Currently, over half a million leaders around the world are connected to the Catalyst community through events, resources, unique gatherings, online communities, social media and relational networks.

INO Records and Catalyst, a leadership development organization, recently joined forces to create the Catalyst Music Project, an album inspired by churches and songwriters nationwide. Acknowledging that it was time to let the church show the world what songs are impacting this generation, INO Records asked worship leaders and songwriters to submit music that was already connecting in their communities and churches--ultimately permitting the voice of the people to be heard. More than 350 worship leaders and songwriters submitted 750 songs from which the Catalyst Music Project emerged.

Jeremiah Jones, writer of “What A Savior,” the first radio single released from the Catalyst Music Project, says, "While there have been countless inspired worship songs produced for the church by the music industry, it's refreshing to hear well-worn, time tested songs written by local leaders."

I got the chance to interview Laura Story about her recording of the song “What A Savior.” You can listen to our entire discussion here.

Please tell me about the message behind the song, "What A Savior."

Jeremiah Jones wrote the song and Catalyst is a series of conferences in Atlanta. I am a worship leader at a church in Atlanta called Perimeter Church. The conference is attended by worship leaders from throughout the country. The Catalyst Worship Project is a collection of songs submitted by regular worship leaders from throughout the country. What’s cool is that these songs are written by regular people and INO artists were all asked to record the songs. What’s also cool is that Jeremiah Jones and I are both from South Carolina and we met in college years ago, so that was a real treat. “What A Savior” is a phenomenal song, and I feel privileged to have been able to record it. The message behind the song is that we should be astonished that Jesus chose to came down from Heaven to lay down His life for us. He was willing to take on our shame so that we might have abundant life in Him.

What Bible verses tie in with the song?

2 Corinthians 5:20-21: We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

What's the take-away message for listeners?

My favorite part of the song is the bridge, “You are the way the truth and the life / You are my joy and salvation, Stood in my place taking my shame.” Those words are a great reminder that we don’t have to stand in shame anymore before the Lord. The sins that we have committed in the past, present and future have all been taken away by Jesus. Jesus bore all of that shame on the cross and gives us cause to celebrate “Hallelujah, what a Savior!”

Here are the lyrics:

Atoning sacrifice
Keeper of this life
Hallelujah You are savior
Beginning and the end
Forgiver of my sin
By Your mercy You have saved us

CHORUS:
Jesus You are stronger
More than any other
Hallelujah what a savior
Jesus You are higher
My soul´s deepest desire
Hallelujah what a savior
You are the shepherd king
You lead us by still waters
Hallelujah You are savior

You are my only hope
Your kindness is my friend
In Your presence You restore us

You are the way the truth and the life
You are my joy and salvation
Stood in my place taking my shame


Laura is most well-known for writing the amazing worship song “Indescribable,” also recorded by Chris Tomlin. I find “What A Savior” to be another great vertical worship song in the same style as Laura’s original worship song “Bless The Lord” and also her recording of “Mighty To Save.” In our discussion, Laura described that her prayer is for people to not just have the worshipful attitude of this song on Sunday morning or on Easter morning, but also during the week. That freedom we all have in Christ is cause for all of us to celebrate our salvation every day. There is depth to this song and Biblical truth that Jesus is the only way, truth and life. We all need to acknowledge that we are sinners and we all need Jesus as our Savior. There is salvation by no other Name than the Name of Jesus. “Hallelujah, what a Savior!”



Kevin Davis is a long time fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. Kevin also writes reviews for ChristianMusicReview.org. He currently lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.

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