LORD, I LIFT YOUR NAME ON HIGH                                          written in 1989

The Story

Rick Founds (1954 – ) wanted to major in music at college, but his high school choral teacher talked him out of it. Instead, he got a degree in media technology and began working in research and development at a fiber optics company.

When Rick wrote this song, he was studying the attributes of God on his electronic Bible. God was bringing all of Rick’s gifts and talents together: his interest in technology, his love of music, and his desire to know more of the Lord.

As he found himself amazed at the love of God, he was struck by God’s divine plan. It was a cycle of events that left him in awe; things like the rain falling… and watering the earth… evaporating into the clouds… and then falling again. It reminded him of the fact Christ down from Heaven to earth, lived among us, died on the cross for us, rose from the dead, and ascended back to Heaven to be with His Father. And He will come back again!

That is why Rick wrote this song.

In the United States Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) reported this song as the most popular song used in Christian evangelical churches every year from 1997 to 2003, and – since then – has remained in the Top 10 list.

This song has become a favorite of kids at church camp… and many of them have developed motions that go with each line of the song.

The Song

            Read this praise song, and – today – life up the name of Christ.

Lord, I lift Your name on high!
Lord, I love to sing Your praises!
I’m so glad You’re in my life!
I’m so glad You came to save us!

You came from Heaven to earth… to show the way;
from the earth to the cross… my debt to pay;
from the cross to the grave…
from the grave to the sky;
Lord, I lift Your name on high!


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