Saturday, May 30, 2015


Reverend Dudley A. Tyng (1825-1858) was a dynamic preacher
known for taking strong stands against evil, no matter what the cost.

On Tuesday, March 30, 1858, Tyng preached a sermon on
Exodus 10:11, “Go now ye that are men and serve the Lord”.

Tyng delivered his message to 5,000 men that day.
More than 1,000 of those men responded to the altar call,
to receive Jesus as their Savior. 

Just over a week later,
Tyng lay dying as a result of a tragic accident.
His final statement, whispered to friends and family, was
“Let us all stand up for Jesus.”

The Sunday following Tyng's death,
Pastor George Duffield (1818-1888) preached a sermon
on Ephesians 6:14, 
as a tribute to the final words of his friend Tyng.
He concluded his sermon with a six-stanza poem.
The Sunday School superintendent printed copies of the poem
and distributed them to all the congregation.

The poem "Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus", has since become
one of the most recognized hymns in all English-speaking Christendom.

The melody used in most hymnals today was written by
George J. Webb (1803-1907), founder of the Boston Academy of Music.

Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross;
Lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss.
From victory unto victory His army shall He lead,
Till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the solemn watchword hear;
If while ye sleep He suffers, away with shame and fear;
Where'er ye meet with evil, within you or without,
Charge for the God of battles, and put the foe to rout.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the trumpet call obey;
Forth to the mighty conflict, in this His glorious day.
Ye that are brave now serve Him against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger, and strength to strength oppose.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, stand in His strength alone;
The arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own.
Put on the Gospel armor, each piece put on with prayer;
Where duty calls or danger, be never wanting there.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, each soldier to his post,
Close up the broken column, and shout through all the host:
Make good the loss so heavy, in those that still remain,
And prove to all around you that death itself is gain.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the strife will not be long;
This day the noise of battle, the next the victor's song.
To him who overcometh a crown of life shall be;
They with the King of Glory shall reign eternally.


The message in the words of this song are very relevant today.
There is coming a time before long when we may have
 to make choices that require sacrifice.  
The only option for those who are true Christians is to 
"Stand Up For Jesus". 

My favorite verse is verse four.  

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, stand in His strength alone;
The arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own.
Put on the Gospel armor, each piece put on with prayer;
Where duty calls or danger, be never wanting there.

We cannot stand in our own strength and 
we cannot rely on others to help us. 
We must be fully prepared for battle by 
prayerfully putting
on the Armor of God.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, 
that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 
 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on 
the breastplate of righteousness; 
  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 
 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench 
all the fiery darts of the wicked. 
And take the helmet of salvation, 
and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 
Ephesians 6:13-18  


  1. My dear Marilyn, this is a wonderful post, thank you so much! Shaz is teaching me how to pray more effectively, especially for these next three days with Daniel away, she has kindly filled you in on this.Thank you for your prayers, thank you for this encouraging word! Gos bless you!xxx

  2. This is most definitely a favorite hymn of mine :) Thank you so much, sweet friend, for sharing the history of this wonderful and powerful hymn.... I love learning about the when and why of something {especially old hymns}.

    Thank you for the lovely comments left on my blog - it's always a joy hearing from you. May you have a beautiful week. Hugs!

  3. Thank you for sharing this bio of a brave man, it was thrilling and I love the verses from Ephesians. This post blessed and encouraged me!

  4. Ah sis, truly a beautiful post thanks so much sharing the history behind this poem which became such a famous well loved hymn.
    I always think of the days whe first taught Sunday school as high schooler, as the superintendent loved this hymn, we used to belt it out nearly every week, children's voice sound so sweet then... Good memories.
    Thanks for pointing our hearts up to Him, our King.
    Shaz in Ozx