Stand up for Jesus - This is a warfare hymn and not to be sung sitting passively.
In the midst of a fierce battle with the spiritual forces, stand...after we have put on our armor; just as the hymn writer wrote, 'each piece put on with prayer'. Remember, we are Christ's soldiers and He is our commander.
Praise God that we are fighting from victory; for our Lord has already won the battle for us at Calvary. He has done it all! So let's stand for Him, Christ our Lord.
George Duffield was a Presbyterian Pastor. He wrote this six stanza poem and at the conclusion of his sermon preached as a tribute to his friend, the Episcopalian Reverend Dudley A. Tyng (1825-1858), he recited this poem which was printed and distributed by his Sunday School superintendant. One of the printed leaflets fell into the hands of a Baptist periodical editor. He was so impressed with the poem that he published it in his widely read periodical.
The Reverend Dudley A. Tyng was an example of a fearless soldier for the Lord. Like the apostle Paul, he stood for Christ and Christ alone. He was not afraid to be persecuted for his preaching against the evils of the day.
At his deathbed, his final words to his dear friends and family members were; "Let us all stand up for Jesus."
There were many melodies written for this poem but the favorite and most used is that written by George J. Webb, the founder of the Boston Academy of Music.
Stand Up for Jesus
Hymn Writer: George Duffield, 1818-1888
Music: George J. Webb, 1803-1887
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.
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Praise the LORD.
How good it is to sing praises to our God,
how pleasant and fitting to praise Him!
~ Psalm 147:1