Words by: George Duffield, (1818-1888) in 1858
Music by: George J. Webb, (1803-1887)
The writing of this song was motivated by a life given wholly to God.
The person whose life inspired this hymn was Rev. Dudley Tyng.
He preached boldly at his church and at the YMCA, until, on March 30, 1858 (Tuesday), over 5000 came out to a meeting. Rev. Dudley Tyng preached on the text “Ye that are men, go and sere the Lord,” Exodus 10:11. He said, “I must tell my Master’s errand, and I would rather that this right arm were amputated at the trunk than that I should come short of my duty to you in delivering God’s message.” One thousand were saved and an awakening began.
A couple of weeks later, April 13, 1858 (Tuesday), while at home on his farm, he went to the barn where they shelled corn. While there, the right sleeve of his study jacket got caught in the cogs of a wheel, and his arm was thrust though, pulling it apart (literally) at the roots, Four days later it had to be amputated. Two days after that, the shock being so great, he was on his way Home. As he was preparing for the trip, he asked his wife to use her influence to see that their boys were brought up in the ministry. He took his father’s hand saying, “Stand up for Jesus, Father, stand up for Jesus, and tell my brethren wherever you meet them, to stand up for Jesus.” These were his closing words.
On Monday, April 19, 1858, between one and two o’clock, he departed his course, his race run; and he was Home!
When Rev. George Duffield heard of his friend’s home going he said, “Tyng was one of the noblest, bravest and manliest men I have ever met.”
The next Sunday morning, he preached from Ephesians 6:14, “Stand, therefore, having your loins girt about with truth.” In closing, he read the six stanzas he had written, inspired by Tyng’s witness.
An editor of a hymnal put these words together with a tune written by George Webb. He was born on June 24, 1803 in Wiltshire, England and died on October 7, 1887 in Orange, New Jersey.
It is said, “…in death, Dudley Atkins Tyng preached more widely and more successfully than ever he did in his life,” because of the untold thousands whose lives have been challenged to stand up for Jesus!
Reader's Digest Family Songbook of Faith and Joy, William L. Simon, editor. Montreal, QC: The Reader's Digest Association (Canada) Ltd, 1975.
Hymns of Glorious Praise, Springfield, Missouri: Gospel Publishing House, 1969.
George Duffield, (1818-1888) George J. Webb, (1803-1887
LYRICS: Stand Up For Jesus
1. Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross; Lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss. From vict'ry unto vict'ry His army shall He lead, Till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.
2. 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.
3. 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, And watching unto prayer; Where duty calls or danger, be never wanting there.