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10. How Wonderful

Sound Of Melodies
by Leeland


Lifting hands in song and dance
Humbled by the glory of the cross
We’ve been redeemed and reconciled
Caught up in the splendor of it all
Eternal life You gave
So we will bring song of praise

How wonderful
How lovely is Your name
You captivate our hearts
You save us by Your grace

God of mercy, God of love
How we marvel at Your majesty
As we kneel before Your holy throne
In the beauty of Your mystery
We are children of the King
Father, of Your love we sing

And You are
Closer than a brother, Jesus
Closer than a brother, Jesus
Oh, the name of Jesus
Oh, the name of Jesus
Oh, the name of Jesus

Words & Music by Leeland Dayton Mooring, Steve Hindalong & Marc Byrd / © 2006 Meaux Mercy (BMI) / Meaux Hits / Never Say Never Songs (ASCAP) / New Spring (ASCAP). All rights for the world on behalf of Never Say Never Songs administered by New Spring (ASCAP / Meaux Mercy / Blue Raft Music (BMI)

Behind the Song:
This is one for the church, the band agrees. “Yeah, this is a vertical, congregational song everyone can sing together, like a mass choir. It’s just an expression of how wonderful God really is,” Jeremiah Wood says. The story behind “How Wonderful” reveals a caricature of the rich personality within this group of men. “Leeland plays everything loud. He’s a passionate guy. He cannot play soft,” explains Jack Mooring, who is also the musician’s older brother. “For four hours, Leeland was banging on the piano and banging on the guitar writing this song. It’s 10:30 at night and my mom, who was trying to do housework and talk on the phone, finally got sick of it and said, ‘Leeland, I’m sorry honey. You’re going to have to go outside. I can’t take that anymore.’” Surprise, surprise. “I was in shock,” Leeland laughs. “I was like, ‘Are you serious? Did you just tell me to go outside as I’m writing a song to God?” Undaunted, Leeland, still dressed in his Indian-motif pajama pants, went out on the curb of the street with his guitar to finish the song.




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