28 April 2008

See the Lord Ascends

1 See, the Lord ascends in triumph;
Conqu’ring King in royal state,
Riding on the clouds, His chariot,
To His heav’nly palace gate.
Hark! The choirs of angel voices
Joyful alleluias sing,
And the portals high are lifted
To receive their heav’nly King.

2 Who is this that comes in glory
With the trump of jubilee?
Lord of battles, God of armies,
He has gained the victory.
He who on the cross did suffer,
He who from the grave arose,
He has vanquished sin and Satan;
He by death has crushed His foes.

3 While He lifts His hands in blessing,
He is parted from His friends;
While their eager eyes behold Him,
He upon the clouds ascends.
He who walked with God and pleased Him,
Preaching truth and doom to come,
He, our Enoch, is translated
To His everlasting home.

4 Now our heav’nly Aaron enters
With His blood within the veil;
Joshua now is come to Canaan,
And the kings before Him quail.
Now He plants the tribes of Israel
In their promised resting place;
Now our great Elijah offers
Double portion of His grace.

5 He has raised our human nature
On the clouds to God’s right hand;
There we sit in heav’nly places,
There with Him in glory stand.
Jesus reigns, adored by angels;
Man with God is on the throne.
By our mighty Lord’s ascension
We by faith behold our own.
LSB 494

5 comments:

Pr. Lehmann said...

That hymn is a beautiful example of what happens when a patrologist writes a hymn.

Christopher is the Wordsworth that I *love.*

William Weedon said...

That's just because you think it's all about Jesus, don't you? You need some Kettner to sober you up!

Pr. Lehmann said...

You can never have too much Kettner.

I'll never be as rectilinear as he is, but another son of Judisch has helped me appreciate some of his insights a bit more.

Judisch argues that the reason why some people resort to typology is that they don't know Hebrew well enough to see Christ there without it.

I think he has a point, but that doesn't mean that I'm going to throw away Danielou either. ;-)

Ben said...

Wow.

That's almost Eastern sounding, with the multilayered typology.

This Catholic (me!) just might buy a LSB, and surreptitiously replace all the terrrible "Gather hymnal" hippy trash we're forced to sing.

William Weedon said...

Ben,

You might be surprised by the hymnal. It's very good that way. And I must confess - it's WAY better than Gather! :)