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.
(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."