After Smith wrote this song in 1973, he couldn't find a publisher for it. Word spread of the song when the minister Bob Mumford brought it with him in his travels. Smith's original version had just one verse, but when the song found an audience, folks started adding their own. Smith didn't like this - it was his
song and he wanted to write the words, so he came up with five more verses.
Over the next few years, the song became a church favorite and was recorded by a wide range of artists, including Evie and Pelle Tornquist, Marilla Ness, Maranatha! Music, Kenneth Copeland, Gaither Music and Kingsway Music. Lenny Smith has also recorded the song with his five children in their family acts, which have recorded under the names the Danielson Famile and Danielson. Phil Driscoll's version is Smith's favorite. (Get more of Smith's thoughts on the song here