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Sunday, November 7, 2010

HIGHER GROUND

I started attending church in 1948 and was introduced to some of the old gospel hymns, especially the ones in tabernacle hymns number 4.

I saw a copy of one on EBay for $39.95. We sang those songs over and over again, some every week like, “At Calvary,” and “Showers of blessing.”

Thinking back, they were a part of the early experience of my church life. Most of the songs had a doctrinal salvation basis, and were scripturally correct.

Later some of the gospel songs took some liberty, and were not so accurate, yet they dealt with every day experiences.

Today every so often one of the old hymns comes floating up from somewhere inside of me, and it refreshes my soul once again.

One such song is “Higher ground.” The thing that is so neat about it is it is so very personal. It is talking to GOD, just you and HIM. It is a verbal expression from the heart of the desire that most Christians have.

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.”

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.”

Refrain:

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.

This song captures the essence of another song “Just a closer walk with thee” and should be remembered by all who share this sentiment.
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