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  1. Higher Ground #14, Sacred Selections

  2. Written by John Oatman (1856-1922) • Composed by Charles Gabriel (1856-1932) • Written around 1898 • Psalm 61:2, “From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I”

  3. Vs. 1 – Moving Forward • “I’m Pressing on” – moving forward • Phil. 3:12-14 • 2 Cor. 4:16-5:1 • 1 Cor. 9:24-27

  4. Vs. 1 – Moving Forward • “the upward way” – toward heaven • Matt. 7:13-14 • Col. 3:1-2

  5. Vs. 1 – Moving Forward • “New heights I’m gaining every day” – continually in the right direction • Phil. 3:14 • 1 Thess. 4:1 • Heb. 6:1 • Heb. 12:1-2

  6. Vs. 1 – Moving Forward • “Still praying as I onward bound” – prayers demonstrate trust • Phil. 4:6-7

  7. Vs. 1 – Moving Forward • “Lord lead me on to higher ground” • Psa. 5:8, 25:5, Psa. 23:2-3

  8. Vs. 2 – Not of this world • “My heart has no desire to stay” – Where is your treasure? • Matt. 6:19-21 • 1 John 2:15-16 • 1 Pet. 2:11 – sojourners and pilgrims • Phil. 3:20 - citizenship

  9. Vs. 2 – Not of this world • “Where doubts arise and fears display” – we live with confidence • Heb. 10:23

  10. Vs. 2 – Not of this world • “Though some may dwell where these abound” • Eph. 2:12

  11. Vs. 2 – Not of this world • “My prayer, my aim is Higher ground” • 1 Tim. 2:8 • Jas. 1:6

  12. Vs. 3 – resisting the devil • “I want to live above the world ” • Col. 3:2 • Phil. 3:18-19

  13. Vs. 3 – resisting the devil • “Though Satan’s darts at me are hurled” – he tries to derail us • 2 Cor. 2:11, 11:3 • Eph. 6:11-12, 16 • 1 Pet. 5:8

  14. Vs. 3 – resisting the devil • “For faith has caught the joyful sound” • 1 John 5:4 • 1 Pet. 1:13 • We rejoice, even in suffering – Ac. 16:25, 5:41, 1 Pt. 4:12-13

  15. Vs. 3 – resisting the devil • “The song of saints on higher ground” - the redeemed who have gone before – cf. Rev. 14:3

  16. Vs. 4 – hope in heaven • “I want to scale the utmost height, and catch the gleam of glory bright ” - where is the light? • 2 Cor. 4:1-6 • Rev. 22:5 • John 9:5

  17. Vs. 4 – hope in heaven • “But still I’ll pray till heaven I’ve found” – until then I will continue to serve Him • Phil. 1:21-26 • Rev. 2:10

  18. Vs. 4 – hope in heaven • “Lord lead me on to higher ground” • Why can we pray this? • He has prepared a place • Heb. 11:16, 13:14 • John 14:2-3 • 1 Pet. 1:3-4

  19. Chorus – Lord life me up • “Lord lift me up and let me stand” • Eph. 6:13

  20. Chorus – Lord life me up • “By faith on heaven’s table land” – the feast that awaits us • Rev. 19:9, 3:20cf. Luke 14:15-17, 24, Matt. 22:1-14

  21. Chorus – Lord life me up • “A higher plane than I have found” – how much better heaven will be

  22. Chorus – Lord life me up • “Lord plant my feet on higher ground” – firmly rooted • Eph. 4:13-14 • 2 Tim. 1:12, 4:6-8

  23. Are you pursuing Higher ground?