Tuesday, February 7, 2012

HYMN TIME #2: "Higher Ground"

The author of this classic 1898 hymn was Johnson Oatman, Jr., a businessman who wrote 3,000 gospel songs in his leisure time!  Oatman was ordained by the Methodist Episcopal denomination but never pastored a church. His Hymns were nearly always well received, even though he was paid no more than $1.00 for each of his texts!  The music was written by the amazing Charles Gabriel [1856-1932], who also contribted the tunes to "Send The Light," "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" and many others.

Still sung widely in hymn-singing churches today, the words express well the devotional spirit of the days when men like D. L. Moody, R.A. Torrey and Andrew Murray attracted large, interested crowds.   Listen to the words as sung by these talented young folks; they will convict you as you hear in them old Oatman's obvious desire for a deeper spiritual life, continuing on a higher plane of fellowship with God than he has ever before experienced...

"Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD..."
 Micah 4:2

Johnson Oatman [1856-1922]

Charles H. Gabriel


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