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.”
Angela S. Akorlie

Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States

My all time favorite hymn. I marched with this hymn to meet my husband at the altar in 2005. My marriage is one of the best if not the best. God bless the writer for such great lyrics.

Bonita K

Saskatchewan, Canada

When I heard this song today I was encouraged and reminded again by this hymn writer to look up and away beyond my present troubles and the evil in this world's system to what God is doing and has planned for His children. I am so encouraged reading the other comments from my brothers and sisters in Christ around the world that I wanted to tell them that if you are reading this and you are suffering persecution, you have not been forgotten. I am praying for you! May God comfort you and keep you strong in the faith. I pray that He keeps you safe. But more importantly, remember that he who can destroy the body can never destroy your soul, and He who protects your soul will completely restore your body one day. I too suffer in great physical pain. Please pray for me, brothers and sisters. We are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, so run the race with endurance, remembering the prize that is before you!


Enugu, Nigeria

This song has been my anchor, encouragement and soul lifter any time this prigrim journey seems or becomes tougher. It moltivates me to move on.

Jeffery Negbedion

Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria

I was having a nap during the day and while I in the dream, I was singing this song. I woke up and had to look for the lyrics so I can learn it properly and it really lifted me up.

Thank You God for the provision of Your Son Jesus Christ whom You sent to redeem mankind.

Johnstone Nyanyuki

Nairobi, Kenya

Moving on and on... just blessed by this song.

Nwankwo Christopher Nwankwo

Ibadan, OYO State, Nigeria

Thank God for visiting me again through this Song, as I Meditate on Isaiah 40:30, at my fallen and fainted state like every sinner in the World... Lord lift me up from my Sinful and fallen state in Isaiah 40:30 and let me Stand and wait for you in Isaiah 40:31, so I can renew my strength in you again, then I can mount up with wings from the higher ground... I want to live above the world, I want to scale the utmost height with the LORD JESUS... then I will run in the Lord's strength and not be weary; and I shall walk with the Lord in Spirit and not faint... My prayer, my aim , is higher ground (Isaiah 40:31)!!!

Amos Kimani

Naivasha, Nakuru, Kenya

Am pressing on upward despite many life challenges. My prayer for the Lord to make stand.


Ontario, Canada

I woke up this morning with this song popping up in my renewed mind.


Yenagoa, Bayelsa, Nigeria

In the place of prayer as our father in the Lord pastor E. A Adeboye, led us to pray for dominance over suffering, as I prayed this him popped up by the Holy Spirit and I kept on praying. I trust the Lord that the finished work of Christ will be fully manifested in my life. Amen

Martha Oluwatoyin

Lagos, Nigeria

This hymn kept ringing in my heart, it just got louder and louder till I found myself singing it. Guess that's my song for the day...

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.