Contemporary Christian music singer/songwriter Mark Schultz told CCM magazine the story behind this song: "I am more of a story songwriter, but at my live shows, I really love to sing corporate worship songs. I always wanted to write a song that the audience could really sing with me and lift their hands in worship to our Savior Jesus. I co-wrote this song with Matthew West. The first part we wrote was the chorus, which started as the bridge: 'Every knee shall bow, Every tongue confess, That God is love, And love has come for us all.' I came home and sang it for my wife, and she said, 'No, that has to be the chorus!' My wife is really good with music, so I followed her advice.
Then we wrote another bridge: 'Glory, glory, hallelujah, Thank You for the cross, Singing glory, glory, hallelujah, Christ has paid the cost.'
So we had two bridges with no verses. Then we wrote the verses, and we knew we really had something. We sang it for our producer Brown Bannister, and he said, 'You know what? This song really needs a bridge,' which was hilarious since it already had two bridges. So Brown helped us write 'Oh, and on that day, We will stand amazed, At our Savior, God and King, Just to see the face, Of amazing grace, As our hearts rise up and sing.'
Now we really had something special. I've never written a song with three bridges and two verses, but this song really moves me and really turned out great."