I’m pressing on the upward way

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I’m pressing on the upward way,
New heights I’m gaining every day;
Still praying as I onward bound,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”
  Lord, lift me up, and let me stand
By faith on Canaan’s tableland;
A higher plane than I have found,
  Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.
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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.
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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.
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I want to scale the utmost height
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
But still I’ll pray till rest I’ve found,
“Lord, lead me on to higher ground.”
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Tosin

Akure, Ondo, Nigeria

Just finished singing as congregational hymn in my local assembly, very inspiring. Somebody shout halleluyah.


Rana Beck

Shreveport, LA, United States

I was prayer journaling tonight when this hymn came to mind. I hadn't heard it in years but I was humming the chorus. I looked up the words and my heart was filled with His Holy Spirit. He is always right on time and He knows exactly what to speak to us! Thank You Jesus!


Umoh Umoh

Uyo, Akwa Ibom, Nigeria

This is always my prayer. With this song, my spirit is always elevated.


Ilene Christie

Sunrise Florida, Florida, United States

This song is a blessing to me. I was talking to the Lord and I ask Him give me a song and He drop this song in my spirit. What I learn about this song that is all about eternity because as Christians we are on a journey and heaven is our final destination. So let us keep on focusing on Jesus.


Glory Jung

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Lord, I will go back to Anaheim!

Why? I love You..


Thomas Bitrus

Kaduna, Nigeria

This is a song I loved since childhood because my late mother sangs it passionately. It can heal all diseases and changes all situation. I dedicate it to my country Nigeria.


Oluwalade Michael

Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

The song as the organ is played lifts me up unto His presence.


Rajeev Rambulip

Durban, Kwazulunatal, South Africa

This hymn just came to me. I looked it up and found your site. Thanks for playing the song too. It makes me very emotional and I can't seem to understand why! Maybe I long to go the upward way and be healed completely and free from it all! Amen.


Favour

London, United Kingdom

As I was meditating this night, some wordings of the chorus of this song came to me and this is a song I used to sing in the seventies. As I typed in the few words I remembered, behold every verse came out including the tune. Thank God for Internet but above all, thank God for such songs that still carry the meaning and anointing as ever. I was blessed.


Beverly

Kokomo, Indiana, United States

I heard Joni Erickson Tata singing this song on the radio this morning and it was just what I needed to hear to start my day. God is good!

To be in the spirit is the key, the secret. In the spirit we will experience many wonderful things of Christ because we have crossed the Jordan and entered into Canaan. When we are in the spirit, we are in the rest, and we are in the Holy of Holies. Therefore, we must always renounce the natural man, the outer man. For example, many times in the Lord's work I was tempted by the enemy to quarrel with others. On those occasions I felt that my reason was right, that the case was mine, and that I had the doctrine to support me. Yet while I was trying to speak, something deep within restricted me and stopped me. In order to go along with that deep feeling, I had to drop my quarreling. Consequently, it seemed that I had nothing to say. But I can testify that every time I went along with the spirit, there was victory. If we take care of our spirit, the mighty One in our spirit will be our strength. We will be transcendent and victorious over many things. When we come to the meetings, we will come with many items of Christ to contribute, either in prayer, singing, giving a testimony, or speaking a short word. Philippians 4:13 says, "I am able to do all things in Him who empowers me." But where does Christ empower us? He empowers us in our spirit. Our mind is the stronghold and the open gate for the enemy, but our spirit is the base for the Lord to do His work. Thus, when we go along with the mind, we are defeated, even though we may be doing something good. But if we go along with the spirit, we will be victorious. We will be on a high mountain, on higher ground, and, in the words of a hymn, "on Canaan's tableland" (Hymns, #396). We will be in the heavens and will be transcendent.