Ralph Merrifield wrote:
I originally wrote Splendor and Majesty in 1993…and modified it while navigating bumper-to-bumper commuter traffic on Route 128 (just south of Boston, Massachusetts)! Brentwood Music in Nashville showed an early interest in the song, but they didn’t have any projects in the works that matched the style.
In the Spring of 1996, Lenny Smith called to see if I’d like to do some co-writing with him (New Hope and New Jerusalem Music happened to be next to each other alphabetically in the CCLI Publishers List!) After listening to all my recordings, he asked permission to reshape the lyrics and melody of “Splendor and Majesty”, and that is how it came to have its current form.