Johnson Oatman Jr (1856-1922) is the author of this prayer gospel song.The music to the words of the song was added by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
The author is reported to have written about 3,000 songs from 1892 to 1922 when he died.His songs were in demand by gospel musicians of his day including Charles Gabriel, William James Kirkpatrick and Edwin Excell.
Higher Ground is a prayer song that seems to have been inspired by Philippians 3:14 -“I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus.” (NIV)
|Johnson Oatman Jr – Higher Ground hymn|
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.”