Thomas Kelly, 1769-1854

And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
Revelation 5:11 & 12

As Christians we often reflect about anticipated sights of Heaven--golden street, jasper walls, crystal seas, gates of pearl...but what about the sounds of Heaven? From what we can learn from the Bible, Heaven is a place of loud, inspiring sounds and much musical praise!

The author of this hymn text, Thomas Kelly, saw with the eye of faith-filled imagination the thrilling scene in Heaven when the thousands upon thousands of angels give praise to Christ for His victorious mission to earth to accomplish man's redemption. And the thrilling truth is that someday we redeemed mortals will join that heavenly chorus! Throughout the ages our main occupation will be singing and playing our "glories to the King!" Hallelujah!

This is another triumphant ascension hymn from the pen of Thomas Kelly, one of Ireland's finest preachers and spiritual poets of the 19th Century. The hymn first appeared in one of Kelly's collections of hymns published in 1806. It was originally titled "Let All the Angels of God Worship Him".

Hark, ten thousand harps and voices
Sound the note of praise above!
Jesus reigns, and Heav’n rejoices,
Jesus reigns, the God of love;
See, He sits on yonder throne;
Jesus rules the world alone.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Amen!

Jesus, hail! Whose glory brightens
All above, and gives it worth;
Lord of life, Thy smile enlightens,
Cheering now Thy saints on earth;
When we think of love like Thine,
Lord, we own it love divine.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Amen!

Come, ye saints, unite your praises
With the angels 'round His throne;
Soon, we hope, our God will raise us
To the place where He is gone.
Meet it is that we should sing,
Glory, glory, to our King!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Amen!

Sing how Jesus came from Heaven,
How He bore the cross below,
How all power to Him is given,
How He reigns in Glory now.
’Tis a great and endless theme
O, ’tis sweet to sing of Him.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Amen!

King of Glory, reign forever!
Thine an everlasting crown.
Nothing from Thy love shall sever
Those whom Thou hast made Thine own:
Happy objects of Thy grace,
Destined to behold Thy face.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Amen!

Savior, hasten Thine appearing;
Bring, O bring the glorious day,
When, the awful summons bearing,
Heaven and earth shall pass away;
Then with golden harps we’ll sing,
“Glory, glory to our King!”
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Amen!

*For Today*: Isaiah 60:19; Romans 8:35-39; Hebrew 1:6; I Peter 3:22; Revelation 22:3-5

Ponder anew the sights and sounds of Heaven. Let your heart rejoice that you will be a part of that great eternal scene.

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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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