Words & Music by Frances R. Havergal, 1836-1879

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
Acts 1:8 & 9

Christ's resurrection is one of the most authenticated facts in history. During the 40-day interlude between the Resurrection and the Ascension, He was seen by such trusted witnesses as Peter, the entire group of disciples and apostles, a crowd of 500 of His followers, and, after the Ascension, by the apostle Paul (I Corinthians 15:5-8). And many of these same individuals who saw His resurrected body also witnessed his ascent into Heaven. The Resurrection and the Ascension, cornerstones of the Christian faith, have been historically documented. Christ's ascension assures us that Jesus is alive in Heaven while seated at the right hand of His Father. The Ascension is also the guarantee that our Lord will personally return for His followers and escort us to the heavenly Home He has prepared.

"Golden Harps are Sounding" is one of our fine but unfamiliar hymns from the neglected "ascension and reign" section of many church hymnals. These are hymns that should be used not only during this Ascension Day season but also throughout the year to teach believers the importance of this biblical event.

The author, Frances Havergal, wrote this Ascension Day hymn especially for a group of children while visiting their school. It is said to have been written within the space of ten minutes. "Golden Harps are Sounding" is one of the few hymns for which Miss Havergal also composed her own tune, "Hermas".

Golden harps are sounding, angels voices sing,
Pearly gates are opened, opened for the King;
Jesus, King of Glory, Jesus, King of love,
Is gone up in triumph, to His throne above!

He Who came to save us, He Who bled and died,
Now is crowned with glory at His Father’s side.
From the grave arisen, nevermore to die;
Jesus, King of Glory, is gone up on high!

Pleading for His children in that blessèd place,
Calling them to Glory, sending them His grace;
His bright Home preparing, faithful ones, for you;
Jesus ever liveth, ever loveth, too!

All His suffering ended, joyfully we sing,
Jesus hath ascended! Glory to our King!

*For Today*: Psalm 24:7 & 10; Luke 24:50; Acts 1:7-10; Romans 8:34 Hebrews 9:24

Share the thrilling account of Christ's ascension with your family members.

Music url: The Cyber Hymnal

Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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