Lord, I Lift Your Name on High" is a Christian worship song. Both lyrics and music were written by Rick Founds in 1989.
Founds wrote it during his morning devotion, while reading the scriptures on his computer monitor, and watching television, he plucked his guitar at the same time. He thought of the "cycle of redemption", comparing it with the water cycle.
Founds played the song as a worship leader in his church. It was picked up by Maranatha! Music and initially recorded by the Maranatha! Singers followed by the Praise Band. Promise Keepers used the song in English and Spanish in their drives.
Since the 1990s, it has been one of the most popular Christian songs. In the United States, Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) reported Lord I Lift Your Name on High as the most popular song used in churches every year from 1997 to 2003, and has remained in the top ten ever since. Currently it is number 24 on the list.CCLI UK report it as the fifth most popular printed, projected or recorded song in mid-2006. In Australia this song was the seventh most used song by the beginning of 2007
There have been many interpretations of the song by many artists in all styles: gospel, R&B, soul, rock, dance, reggae, hip hop, rap, soca, ska, punk, a cappella amongst others and has been translated to a number of languages and recorded in a number of countries.
The cross is the central doctrine of the New Testament. Why are there so few modern worship songs that include something so vital? Rick, the worship leader for a large church, targeted that need with “Lord, I Lift Your Name On High” and gave us the most awesome thing in the world to sing about. It came out of his personal devotions as he accompanied his scripture reading with his guitar. How’s that for unique? As he contemplated the earth’s cycle of clouds and rain, the scriptures showed him the cycle of Jesus coming from heaven, going to the cross for us, rising from the dead and returning home again. He says, “The response to grasping even a little of that is praise, thanksgiving and gratitude.” He has heard his song done in every style you can think of. “It’s a lot of fun to hear things you’ve written done in reggae, in 3/4, in country, and in Spanish ﬂavor. That means those groups have made the song their own. It’s exciting!” - Paul Baloche