George Duffield, 1818-1888

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Ephesians 6:10

A great city-wide revival swept across Philadelphia in 1858. It was called "the work of God in Philadelphia". Of the participating ministers none was more powerful than the 29 year old Dudley Tyng, who was known as a bold and uncompromising preacher.

In addition to pastoring his own church, Dudley Tyng began holding noonday services at the downtown YMCA. Great crowds came to hear this dynamic young preacher. On Tuesday March 30th, 1858 over 5,000 men gathered for a noon meeting to hear Tyng preach from the text "Ye that are men, go and serve the LORD" (Exodus 10:11). Over 1,000 of these men committed their lives to Christ. At one point, the young preacher exclaimed, "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."

The very next week, while visiting in the country and watching the operation of a corn-threshing machine in a barn, young Tyng accidentally caught his loose sleeve between the cogs; the arm was lacerated severely with the main artery severed and the median nerve injured. As a result of shock and a great loss of blood, Tyng died. On his death bed when asked by a group of sorrowing friends and ministers for a final statement, he feebly whispered, "Let us all stand up for Jesus!"

The next Sunday, Tyng's close friend and fellow worker, the Reverend George Duffield, also a pastor in Philadelphia, preached his morning sermon as a tribute to his departed friend. He closed his sermon by reading a poem that he had just finished writing, inspired, as he told his people, by the dying words of his esteemed friend.

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 that overcometh a crown of life shall be;
He with the King of Glory shall reign eternally.

*For Today*: II Corinthians 1:20-22; Ephesians 6:10-18; James 1:12

Determine to live boldly and unashamedly for God in the strength and wisdom that He will provide.

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Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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