Matt Bramstedt | Dan Wilt – “The Song Inside Of Me” (Lyric Video + Song Story)

The song that moves you from the middle of the hard night to the beginning of a bright day is rarely one that is perfect, polished, or presented with a bow. It’s usually the one that’s honest, full of passion, and helps you say something that is true and right. That’s the power of of spiritual resolve – choosing to declare Kingdom truth until our feelings learn to follow. The Song Inside Of Me is a new song of celebration and resolve for the Body of Christ.

The Song Inside Of Me
Matt Bramstedt | Dan Wilt

[key of B, A, or G, chart download at bottom]

I’ve got to sing, I’ve got to sing out
I’ve got to shout, I’ve got to shout out
The One and Only, the King of Glory
You are the Song inside of me

You are the joy that I’m declaring
Releasing hope for all to carry
God, You’re alive, reclaiming lives
You are the Song inside of me

| Prechorus |

And I will sing, a song to bless Your Name
Shout it out, proclaiming Christ who reigns
To our God, You are the risen King
You are the Song inside of me

| Chorus |

And I will sing, like the sun
Shout it out, You’re the worthy One
And my heart beats like a drum
You are the Song inside of me


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Matt Bramstedt 200 107Matt Bramstedt spent his growing up years in small town Illinois loving music, athletics, the arts, and discovering a greater relationship with God through worship. After graduating from the University of Illinois, he met and married his wife Sarah in Michigan, began his architecture career, and continued leading worship in the local Vineyard church. Matt spends his days as a designer and family man, and enjoys songwriting, leading worship, and doing professional photography. Matt and Sarah have a two-year-old daughter and a baby on the way. [See Vineyard North, Grand Rapids, MI].

Dan WiltDan Wilt grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania, searching for the shimmering truth behind everyday life. After dramatic encounters with Christ in high school and college, Dan devoted his life to loving, and being loved by, Jesus. He studied Philosophy and Religion, and became a worship leader, songwriter, professor, and pastor in the Vineyard (see Vineyard Worship). He serves as the Director of Communications & Resource Development for Vineyard USA, and is one of the worship leaders at the Franklin Vineyard. Dan and his wife Anita have three adult children, and live in Thompson’s Station, TN.


“Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.

Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
he is to be feared above all gods.

For all the gods of the nations are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and glory are in his sanctuary.”

Psalm 96:1-6

MB: This song was written out of an overflow experience with the local church. Our community was experiencing a significant amount of growth and healing due to our weekly gatherings for prayer, worship, and study through the School of Kingdom Ministry. Many were experiencing and discovering God breaking into their lives, and their hearts were refreshed.

During this time, people were sharing their joy in the Lord with strangers, neighbors, and friends. We were discovering that we had something inside of us; a song to sing out. Knowing that all of us have been created to be worshippers, one of our natural responses to experiencing the overwhelming presence of the Lord is to sing a new song to Jesus. This song is a declaration that Jesus is alive within all believers.

As the risen King, He is restoring people back to their true identity, and so we have no other choice but to join with creation and sing and shout out the song that is within us. It is that indescribable sense of overflow that needs to be sung to be fully experienced. My prayer is that all people would feel the power and love of Jesus restoring their lives, and that we could join together and sing out a new song of praise.

DW: In the Vineyard family of churches (many of you I know are from other traditions), we often say we’re writing “from the Church, for the Church.” That means that our songs overflow from our local church life. In this case, two local church worship leaders wanted to co-write a song that both could use with our community, and that had celebration at the center.

It usually takes me awhile for a song to grow on me. When Matt sent me this song, I had a quick sense that it said what not only I wanted to say to God in a time of celebration, but also what I thought others might want to say. I felt spiritual resolve in the lyrics, and truth in the declarations. We went back and forth over chorus ideas, and finally arrived at this one.

“I will sing like the sun…” was the lyric phrase I wrestled over the longest. It was the first idea that came out of me when singing the chorus as it flowed from the verse, and the “as my heart beats like a drum” was the second. My love of astrophysics won out, knowing that it might take a leap for others – the cosmos is indeed singing, and the sun enfolds our lives with its creational song of worship every day. Matt led it with his church, and it resonated. The elements came together, and we agreed the song was complete.


Mitchell MaldonadoMitchell Maldonado has worked in virtually every aspect of the music industry. After studying recording in music school in Santa Fe, he continued his career touring with various bands playing several different instruments.

Mitch currently resides in Boise, ID with his beautiful wife, Lindsay, and works as a songwriter/producer for House Below as well as playing guitar, keys and anything else for a CCM band, The Neverclaim. This song is an example of Mitch’s “upgraded demo” work.


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Sheltering Mercy: Prayers Inspired by the Psalms

Sheltering Mercy, along with its companion volume, Endless Grace, helps us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. This book contains 75 prayers drawn from Psalms 1-75, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning in the Psalms. Each prayer is a response to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

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