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~Higher Ground

       This hymn has been a favorite with many Christians since it was first published in 1898. It expresses so well this universal desire for a deeper spiritual life, continuing on a higher plane of fellowship with God than we have ever before  experienced..

       The author of this stirring text was Johnson Oatman, Jr., a businessman who wrote 3,000 gospel songs in his leisure time.  Oatman was ordained by the Methodist Episcopal denomination but never pastored a church.  His Hymns were always well received, even though he was paid no more than $1.00 for each of his texts.

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Higher Ground

      

(1) I'm pressing on the upward way,

New heights I'm gaining every day;

Still praying as I'm onward bound,

"Lord, plant my feet on higher ground."

      

(2) Lord, lift me up and let me stand

By faith on heaven's table-land,

A higher plane than I have found:

Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

      

(3) My heart has no desire to stay

Where doubts arise and fears dismay;

Though some may dwell where these abound,

My prayer, my aim is higher ground.

      

(4) I want to live above the world,

Though Satan's darts at me are hurled;

For faith has caught the joyful sound,

The song of saints on higher ground.

      

(5) I want to scale the utmost height

And catch a gleam of glory bright;

But still I'll pray, 'til heaven I've found

"Lord, lead me on to higher ground."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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