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.”
Krystal Kester

Ohio, United States

I just woke up from a dream of climbing mountains and being encouraged by a friend to see the view from higher up and the view became more magnificent as I went! The first stanzas of this hymn were the first thought on my mind. I'm blown away by the the meaning of it all.


Ado Ekiti, Ekiti, Nigeria

Sang by a choir in my office Min of Works and Transport.

So inspiring and wonderful.

Osazee Isonarae

Oshogbo, Osun, Nigeria

The Lord raised this song in my heart as I rose up to pray with Mary on this occasion of our 5th year in marriage.


Accra, Ghana

I was unfairly treated at work on my birthday, while I was down these song Just dropped in my spirit,

Ure John

Takum, Taraba, Nigeria

Each time I sing this hymn, I'll feel God's present and his rightous right hand upholding my feeble hands to lead me on right path of Life.


Yola, Adamawa, Nigeria

My heart yearns for God the more



Lord lift me above the pleasures and trials of this world. Help me to press on the upward way.


This is such a spirit fill song

I find my self singing this lovely song.

It take me back with memories as a child,

Hearing my mom singing this song

As a single mom singing is how she look to God through her hard time with faith.

I will sing this song in church this week as long as God permit me to amen


Enugu, Nigeria

Each time I hear or sing this song, I have a great reawakening in my spirit. Today, I began to see higher heights, not just in my spirit man and work with God but also in physical aspects of my life: Parenting, marriage, career, etc.

God bless the songwriter


Great song, always lift my spirit and thrills my soul

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.