Stand therefore, having girded your waist with the truth… Ephesians 6:14
Traditional hymns are filled with wonderful truths set to music. As a child I sang many over the years in the little church on the hill. Last Sunday we stood up and sang Stand Up, Stand Up as a group from the same pews.
Dudley Tyng was only 29 in 1854, the year he succeeded his father at the large Philadelphia’s Church of the Epiphany. It seemed like a good fit, but the honeymoon didn’t last once Dudley began preaching against slavery. Loud complaints resulted in his resignation in 1856.
He and his followers organized the Church of the Covenant. He began Bible studies at the local YMCA and the church grew beyond its walls. Dudley felt a calling to lead husbands and fathers to Christ and organized a great rally to reach men. Over a thousand men were converted that day.
Two weeks later while visiting the countryside, he became intrigued with a corn-thrasher in a barn. His hand moved too close to the machine and his sleeve was snared. Dudley’s arm was ripped from its socket. Four days later he lay dying, Dudley told his aged father: “Stand up, stand up for Jesus, father, and tell my brethren of the ministry to stand up for Jesus.”
Rev. George Duffield of Philadelphia’s Temple Presbyterian Church was deeply moved by Dudley’s funeral, and went home to write Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus, inspired by Dudley’s words. The song soon became a favorite and inspired many and continues to inspire today as it did me last Sunday.
Live inspired and filled with light.