Tuesday Hymns: “He Walks among the Golden Lamps”

Timothy Dudley-Smith, formerly the Bishop of Thetford in the Church of England, and perhaps more well known as the author of the two volume biography of the life of John R. W. Stott, is the author of our Tuesday Hymn (yes, I know it is Friday) of the week. It is entitled, He Walks among the Golden Lamps, and is a modern rendering of John’s Vision of Christ in chapter one of the Book of Revelation. This hymn, written in 1972, speaks of Christ’s deity, presence, authority, majesty, and thus, His worthiness to be praised.

In our world of uncertainty, this hymn reminds us that “there is no authority [in heaven and earth] except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” (Romans 13:1) Moreover, it is a reminder that God’s people should never live without hope for Christ said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) So, rejoice as you read this hymn, knowing that our Lord holds the keys to death and the grave in His mighty hand.

 He walks among the golden lamps on feet like burnished bronze; His hair as snows of winter white, His eyes with fire aflame and bright; His glorious robe of seamless light surpassing Solomon’s.

And in His hand the seven stars and from His mouth a sword; His voice the thunder of the seas; all creatures bow to His decrees, who holds the everlasting keys and reigns as sov’reign Lord.

More radiant than the sun at noon, who was, and is to be: who was, from everlasting days; who lives, the Lord of all our ways; to Him be majesty and praise of all eternity.



  1. Sandra A. said,

    December 19, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    I was beginning to wonder what had happened to you and have been praying for speedy recovery if illness was in the the house. So glad to hear these words of encouragement today.
    We will be on the way to Dallas tomorrow so we will miss SS and church.

    • cliftonr said,

      December 19, 2009 at 11:18 AM

      Be careful…they are crazy out there! We will miss you. The only illness around the house was busy-ness. Thanks for praying…all prayers are appreciated.

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