Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs: “Lo, He Comes, with Clouds Descending”
Hymns and Songs

Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs: “Lo, He Comes, with Clouds Descending”

Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs: “Lo, He Comes, with Clouds Descending”In Ephesians 5:15-21, we are given directions on how to properly live as Christians. One of these is to sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.

Each Monday, I share a song from history or present day that present a high view of God, praise Him, and teaches solid doctrine.

Lo, He Comes, with Clouds Descending

by John Cennick (1752)

Lo! He comes with clouds descending,
Once for favored sinners slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending,
Swell the triumph of His train:
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
God appears on earth to reign.

Every eye shall now behold Him
Robed in dreadful majesty;
Those who set at naught and sold Him,
Pierced and nailed Him to the tree,
Deeply wailing, deeply wailing, deeply wailing
Shall the true Messiah see.

Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs: “Lo, He Comes, with Clouds Descending”Every island, sea, and mountain,
Heav’n and earth, shall flee away;
All who hate Him must, confounded,
Hear the trump proclaim the day:
Come to judgment! Come to judgment! Come to judgment!
Come to judgment! Come away!

Now redemption, long expected,
See in solemn pomp appear;
All His saints, by man rejected,
Now shall meet Him in the air:
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
See the day of God appear!

The dear tokens of His passion
Still His dazzling body bears;
Cause of endless exultation
To His ransomed worshipers;
With what rapture, with what rapture, with what rapture
Gaze we on those glorious scars!
Yea, Amen! let all adore Thee,
High on Thine eternal throne;
Savior, take the power and glory,
Claim the kingdom for Thine own:
O come quickly! O come quickly! O come quickly!
Everlasting God, come down!


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  • Karen Del Tatto

    Beautiful, beautiful hymn! Thanks for sharing!

  • Another powerful hymn. I know I’ve said it before, but I appreciate your faithfulness to keep these doctrine-rich songs alive. You have exposed me to many with which I was not familiar.

  • Great question. Our most common use of the word “dreadful” is horrendous fear and terror. Something we can understand those outside of Christ’s Bride feeling upon seeing Him. However, not something you would use as an adjective to describe how you expect to feel as a Child of God on the day of His return. That particular verse is discussing those who have not been redeemed, those who “sold Him, pierced Him, and nailed Him to the tree.” So, I believe that this is describing what they will be feeling on Day. Malachi 4:5 even describes Christ’s return as “the great and dreadful day of the Lord.” There is a secondary definition for the word that isn’t as often…if ever used for “dreadful.” That definition is to inspire awe or reverence. There are other versions of this song that use “glorious majesty” in this phrasing for probably the same reason as you pointed out.

    Thanks for stopping by and asking that question!

  • Susan

    Beautiful old hymn…relevant even today! Neighbors at Susan Mead’s.

  • I love the history you share in these pieces on classic hymns. Thanks for sharing faithfully on the #LMMLinkup this week.

  • Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on! It is lovely!

  • Jann Olson

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing with SYC.