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2020-05-27 Higher Ground

This hymn-prayer, loosely based on Paul’s testimony in Philippians 3, was written by Johnson Oatman, author of “Count Your Blessing” and “No, Not One!”  Oatman wrote thousands of other hymns, most of which have fallen into the ocean of oblivion.

That’s too bad, for Oatman was one of the special gospel songwriters whose hymns focused primarily on Christian growth and personal victory.  Behind his hymns was this thought: It isn’t enough to know Christ; we need to know Him better and more deeply.  This is reflected in “Higher Ground” and in many of Oatman’s other songs.

Robert J. Morgan, Then Sings My Soul, Book 2, 2004

Read this hymn, and – today – step onto spiritual ground a little higher than the ground you stood on yesterday.

 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

Philippians 3:14 (NLT)

 I’m pressing on the upward way,
New heights I’m gaining every day;
Still praying as I’m onward bound,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”

Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on Heaven’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 those 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 heav’n I’ve found,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”

 
*Devotion and music provided by Jane Cockrell

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