Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus!

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand" (Ephesians 6:13).
Dudley A. TyngRev. Dudley A. Tyng was a dedicated young minister of the gospel who served our Lord in the mid 1800's. He had a well-respected ministry among fellow pastors of various denominational backgrounds who detected his earnest walk with Christ. He was instrumental in a revival that swept Philadelphia and the northeast in 1857.

Every generation deals with the mysteries of God's providence; that is, why God allows certain things to happen.  On Tuesday, April 13th, 1858, Rev. Tyng went from the study of his country home to the barn floor where a mule was at work treading a machine for shelling corn.  As he patted the animal on the neck a loose sleeve became caught in the cogs of the wheel, wrenching and lacerating his arm, from the neck down, in a dreadful manner.  Amputation, performed on the Saturday following, did no more than postpone the end.

It being perceived that he was dying, he was asked if he had any messages to send, among others, to the band of clergymen so devoted to him and the work.  When able to rouse himself sufficiently, he responded with a short message, beginning with the words: "Tell them, 'Let us all stand up for Jesus.'"    Rev. Tyng died on Monday, April 19th, 1858.
George Duffield

As result of this challenge a fellow laborer in Christ, George Duffield, wrote the beloved hymn, "Stand up, Stand up for Jesus" which many of us continue to sing in our churches to this day.

"Stand Up for Jesus" by T.H. Stockton ©1858 available free to download (pdf


Ron said...

I love that song! And thanks to you I now know the history of how it came about. I learned something new today. Thank you :-)

Penned Pebbles said...

Beautiful hymn. My beloved and I decided to sing it after reading about Rev. Dudley A. Tyng. What a touching yet encouraging piece of history. Blessings to you!