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.”

Woodley, Berkshire, United Kingdom

The Holy Spirit woke me up at my fasting prayer time @ 00:02 am Thursday 2019 to pray with this song on my lips. God is still on the throne. As He used this song writers and composers, may He remember me in 2019 and beyond for an intimate relationship. Thank you for making it available. God bless you In Jesus Christ mighty name.

Ademiju Ibilola

Ketu, Lagos, Nigeria

May God bless the soul of Johnson Oatman Jnr. and Charles Hutchinson Gabriel for heeding the call to deliver this message to God's people.

Power-laden and inspirational. I'm so blessed.

Closed my early morning worship with the song.

Halleluyah forever!


I dont know but there is something in this song... and God is still speaking through this song.

James Odiong

Eket, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

I so much in love with this song, the day I was lifted, that was 25th December, 2018 this song was sang to me in my dream when I woke up I searched for the lyrics which I sang the whole of that day till today and my life automatically changed! Glory be to God.

Oluwakunmi Ayoade

Bexley, Kent, United Kingdom

My soul was flooded with this hymn as I woke up this morning and I was so enthralled and enraptured with the divine presence. I love You LORD and I await Your glorious return, when I will see You face to face and worship You endlessly. Until then I will keep pressing on, trusting and believing wholly in You the Author my Salvation.

Mr.D.G. Savuage

Bonita Springs, Florida, United States

This hymn bring back a lot of memory while living in Kingston, Jamaica . An uplifting and encouraging song.

Ganiyu Ayobami

Lagos, Nigeria

Thi is is wow... So fast.

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I sang with the student on the assembly ground while the hymn books were not enough.

Amos Kimani

Naivasha, Nakuru, Kenya

This is wonderful hymn which requires practical experience of Christ. We need to experience Christ anew everyday, that is, new growth in Christ is expected everyday. For example, you are used to praying once per day, but, after pressing on upward you can now pray twice and even read the Bible.


Houston, Cameroon

Was really down but the spirit of God dropped this song in my mind. It did brighten my day hope it does same to those who trust in his strength. May the peace of God be with us all

Sylvia Walker

Jamaica, New York, United States

This song always brings me to " tears of joy " . It is so inspiring and uplifting. It reminds us that with faith in God we can overcome our difficulties.

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.