I’m pressing on the upward way

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.
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.
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.
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.”

Lagos, Nigeria

This is the song for me this season. Lord I thank for the glorious new heights coming my way and my family. Thank You Jesus.


United States

Lord lift me up and plant my feet on higher ground.

Yuri Reyes

Portland, Washington, United States

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.


London, United Kingdom

Thank You dear Lord Jesus for picking me up and placing me on higher ground even with a broken foot! Lord You are my supply and my dear Grace.

Temisan Amuka

Lagos, Nigeria

Such a blessing to my heart. My heart is so lifted up when I sing the lyrics of this hymn.

Alvin Rogero

Mandaue, Cebu, Philippines

On refrain, we are use to sing by "by heavens tableland instead of canaan. Which is which?


Windhoek, Namibia

My heart finds a rest.

Josephine Djirackor

Nairobi, Kenya

I am so grateful for these lyrics.

Time Jimmy

Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria

The song is so full of faith and prophetic words. Is a prayer on its own. As a Christian we are moving forward everyday. I enjoyed the song.


College Park, Georgia, United States

Father, regardless of what am going through, l know there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Please lead me on to higher grounds. Amen.

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.