I miss the old hymns that I remember from my childhood - there were no drums, no electric guitar and no mind numbing beat. It was just voices and maybe a piano or an organ. The choir led the congregation in singing - and the words of these hymns are poetic. I realize that there is a need for the modern "seeker oriented" worship music - but it is also necessary to have deeper songs (no offense intended to anyone who prefers the newer church songs).
I decided to have an "Old Fashion Sunday Hymn Sing" once a month on this blog.
I personally do NOT have a great singing voice - I used to play the guitar & piano but my voice is NOT an instrument. That's the great thing about this digital hymn sing, you can warble along without being embarrassed or without offending anyone else.
The hymns that we will be studying are taken from an old hymnal from a Baptist church that is no longer in existence - "The North American Hymnal" published in 1956 by "THE ROGER WILLIAMS PRESS"
I will also try to find a version of the featured hymn on "YouTube" to share with you each month.
Today's feature song is "Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus" by hymnist George Duffield(1818-1888) and composed by George J. Webb (1803-1887). Pastor George Duffield had a close friend "Reverend Dudley A Tyng (1825-1858)". Reverend Tyng was an amazing preacher - he preached to 5000 men in Philadelphia PA and 1000 of those men responded to his invitation! A week after that sermon Revernd Tyng had a horrible accident on his farm and lost his arm. George Duffield was with his dear friend just before Dudley Tyng died and Reverend Tyng's last words were: "Tell the people to stand up for Jesus." During that same week George Duffield wrote this powerful Hymn.
Please listen to the "YouTube" video below the typed lyrics - ENJOY!.
Turn with me to number 331 in your hymnals and let's sing:
Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus
by George Duffield (1818-1888) composed by George J. Webb (1803-1887)
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 men, 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 pray'r, Where duty calls or danger, Be never wanting there.
4. 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 that overcometh, A crown of life shall be; He with the King of glory Shall reign eternally.
Other Hymns on this blog:At The Cross
Onward Christian Soldier
Standing on the Promises of God
Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine!
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty