Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Sunday Hymn ~ Higher Ground

I'm pressing on the upward way,
New heights I'm gaining ev'ry 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 heaven's table land,
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;
Tho' some may dwell where these abound,
My prayer, my aim is higher ground.

Lord, lift me up and let me stand
By faith, on heaven's table land,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on 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.

Lord, lift me up and let me stand
By faith, on heaven's table land,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet 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, lead me on to higher ground."

Lord, lift me up and let me stand
By faith, on heaven's table land,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.


Words by: Johnson Oatman, Jr.

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"For the night is almost gone and the day is near, therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light." Romans 13:12

"I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 3:14

10 comments:

  1. This is a beautiful hymn, Sarah! And I especially enjoyed the first and last pictures. So lovely!

    ~Bianca

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  2. Beautiful hymn! I love this one! Thanks for sharing it.

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  3. Thank you, Sarah, for posting this hymn. Have you ever read about Brother Yun, one of China's house church leaders? Am currently reading "The Heavenly Man - the remarkable true story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun". It is indeed a remarkable, and affecting, story of faith through imprisonment and torture. "In the world ye have tribulation; but be of good courage: I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).

    I really like the photos! The sun's rays are very well captured in the last one.

    Neil

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  4. What a beautiful hymn! :o) I really enjoyed the lyrics. :o) Beautiful pictures as always! :o)

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  5. It is, Bianca! And it has long been a favorite of mine. I am glad that you enjoyed the photos! And thank you. :)

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  6. You’re welcome, Monica! The words are indeed beautiful. And I am glad that it was a blessing to you!

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  7. You’re welcome, Neil! Yes, I have read about Brother Yun before and have also read online a good portion of the book that you mentioned. If I may ask, while you have been reading this book have you been examining what is written in it to see if it is in agreement with what is taught in Scripture?

    In light of what you shared about persecution, yes, what the true Chinese church and other believers as well endure because of their faith (which I have read about elsewhere) is very sobering, and yet is also encouraging . . . to see brothers and sisters in the Lord standing firm in true faith in Christ is an incredible testimony! And as the verse that you quoted shares, believers in Christ will suffer persecution in this world, yet we can rejoice in it remembering His words that “blessed are you when men shall revile you and persecute you and say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven.

    Thank you for your comment about the photos! The last one was taken out of our car window while we were driving . . . I was a little surprised to see that it actually somewhat captured the beauty that was in the sky that evening!

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  8. I am glad that you were blessed by it, Nabila! I really like the words to it as well . . . and ever since posting this on Sunday they have often been running through my mind. As you shared, it is beautiful!

    Thank you for your kind comment about the photos!

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  9. Have noticed previously, Sarah, how you and your family seek to examine everything in the light of Scripture. What an important and God-honouring occupation this is! To be like those of Berea who received "the word with all readiness of mind, daily searching the scriptures if these things were so" (Acts 17:11). What a blessing to have God's Word by which all things can be tested.

    Your question is a convicting one for me. How diligent have I been in practically testing everything by Scripture and, in particular, this book? A spirit of discernment is so important, and I am sure I need to be more diligent and prayerful. The closer a book is to the truth the more discernment is needed to detect error. Am about two thirds of the way through "The Heavenly Man". I have wondered about the visions and miracles, but know that "with God all things are possible" (provided they are according to His will and consistent with His Word). I haven't made a written note of things which are, or may be, contrary to Scripture. However, one thing I re-noticed during a quick look through some of the book (since reading your comment), is a song about how the apostles were martryed - as we know the Scriptures do not tell us this. If you wish to share, I would really like to hear some of your thoughts about the book.

    Yes, the faith of those persecuted in China and other lands is encouraging and, as you say, sobering. "And all indeed who desire to live piously in Christ Jesus will be persecuted" (2 Timothy 3:12). How much have I suffered, or am I prepared to suffer? The apostles were in the good of the words of the Lord that you quoted - "They therefore went their way from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to be dishonoured for the name" (Acts 5:41).

    Thank you for your comment and your question.

    Hope you are having a happy Thanksgiving!

    Neil

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  10. Thank you for your reply, Neil, and for sharing all that you did. I would be happy to share some of my thoughts about the book . . . though, I think an e-mail format would be better for that than here in the comment box. If you did not mind sending me your e-mail address (there is a “contact me” link on my blog), I would be happy to reply to your question through that means.

    We did have a wonderful Thanksgiving . . . thank you!

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Thanks so much for your comment! Each one is read and enjoyed. :)