Grandma’s Favorite Hymn

George Duffield, Jr., Author “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus”, 1858, Photo credit:

Hello friends and family, and God bless you all. I was chatting with a good blogging friend last night and the conversation turned to our favorite hymns. I immediately thought of my Grandma and the hymn she would often sing when I was a young boy. It is always a great encouragement to me to stand up strong for Jesus whenever I think of her singing it, and I pray my Grandma’s favorite hymn encourages you to stand up strong for Jesus as well.

The hymn my Grandma would sing is called “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus.” It was written by Presbyterian Minister and Evangelist George Duffield, Jr. in 1858. Mr. Duffield was a strong and zealous abolitionist during the American Civil War, and his legacy records that he stood firm as a true soldier for Christ. The inspiration for the hymn came from the dying words of his friend and fellow preacher and abolitionist Dudley Atkins Tyng.

“George Duffield, Jr. was inspired to write this text after hearing the dying words of a Presbyterian colleague, Dudley A. Tyng. Ousted from his own congregation for his strong anti-slavery stance, Tyng preached to large crowds in weekday meetings sponsored by the YMCA. His work spearheaded an evangelical revival in Philadelphia early in 1858. At Tyng’s deathbed, caused by a farm accident in which he lost an arm, Duffield and others asked if he had any final message. Tyng replied, “Tell them to stand up for Jesus!” At Tyng’s memorial service on April 25, 1858, Duffield preached on Ephesians 6:14 and concluded his sermon by reading his new hymn text, “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus.” Several lines in that original text referred to Tyng’s words and ministry. The six-stanza text was first distributed in leaflet form and then was published in The Church Psalmist (1859).”

George Duffield, Jr. was a graduate of Yale College and Union Theological Seminary, and throughout his time he served as a Minster in 8 Presbyterian churches in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Michigan ( Interestingly enough, the town in which he served in Illinois is Galesburg, which is the town of my birth and where most of my family still lives today. My Grandma Audrey, My Grandpa Ed, and my parents all attended the Presbyterian church in Galesburg, so it makes sense that my Grandma loved his hymn. George served in the Presbyterian church in Galesburg shortly after the Civil War from 1865 to 1869. My parents actually live in a house that was built just 20 years after the Civil War in the late 1800s that is just down the road from the church. It is a blessing to be connected to such a rich history and Christian legacy!

The words to this hymn are inspiring, and are just as relevant in our time of turmoil here in America as they were back in the days of the Civil War. As followers of Jesus, we are God’s soldiers suited up in His armor to do battle against evil. We stand redeemed and victorious in His Blood, and we carry the Gospel to a dying world who hates and opposes us. As you read the words of this hymn, may it give you strength to press on and stand up strong 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 he shall lead,

’til ev’ry 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,

each piece put on with 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.

-Source: Trinity Psalter Hymnal #542,

What a truly beautiful and powerful hymn! As was stated, George wrote the hymn with Ephesians 6 in mind, which encourages us to put on the full armor of God so that we can take our stand against the devil’s schemes.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”

-Ephesians 6:10-18

The day of evil has come in America and this world, and we must stand up for Jesus. We must stand firm in Him, and speak the truth no matter how many foes of darkness we face. No matter the consequence, we must stand firm!

“You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs–he wants to please his commanding officer. Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.”

-2 Timothy 2:1-7

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.”

-1 Corinthians 16:13-14

“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.”

-2 Timothy 4:1-5

Truly, we are living in a time where men will not put up with sound doctrine. They have turned their ears away from the truth. They call evil good and good evil. Now is the time we must keep our heads, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, and discharge all the duties of the ministry God has given us. We must be strong and courageous in His love, and stand firm in the faith! As Jesus commanded us before He ascended into Heaven:

“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

-Matthew 28:18-20

My Grandma taught me to stand up for Jesus like a good soldier of Christ. As she got older and it was harder for her to stand up from a sitting position, she would put her hand on a table to brace herself and as she stood up she would sing, “Stand up, stand up for Jesus!” I will never forget that, and I am forever grateful for her love and the wisdom she imparted on me. When I came to Jesus at the age of 18 in 1996, I was coming out of drugs, alcohol, and atheism. I didn’t know any theology or doctrine. I was not well versed in the Bible. I just knew I needed Jesus and I came running to Him, and He saved my soul.

“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

-Romans 10:9

“for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

-Romans 10:13

The Lord Jesus made me who I am today, and my victory is in Him alone. As we see evil spread throughout our country, let us remember the words of the beautiful hymn “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus,” and let courage rise with danger. Put on the Gospel armor, the strife will not be long. This day the noise of battle, the next the victor’s song. To him who overcomes, a crown of life shall be, he with the King of glory, shall reign eternally!

Grace and peace to you all!

Author: Ryan Callahan

Hello, and welcome to my site! I am an independent Christian author (One Man's Very Strange Supernatural Life), blogger, and evangelist for Jesus. My main goal with this blog is to help people come to know Jesus, help people understand the Bible, and to minister to a lost and hurting world. This site is about hope, new beginnings, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and love! I'm glad you are here, God bless you! Copyright © 2023 Ryan Callahan. All rights reserved.

26 thoughts on “Grandma’s Favorite Hymn”

  1. 🎵Thank you my brother for sharing your story and testimony, it is of great use to the body of Christ, and God dwells in praise in the beauty of his holiness

    I know what praise of God means in the Christian life, when you sing hymns the demons are cast out, the captives liberated, the diseases are cured by the power of the Lord Jesus, thank you my brother, and may all glory be for God forever… 📖✒💎

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  2. It’s all about him and for him and I’m going to leave you one of those biblical texts that are my favorites to tell the truth the whole word of God, thank you very much my brother

    1 Corinthians 8:6
    For us, however, there is only one God, the Father, from whom all things come, and we are for him; and a Lord, Jesus Christ, through which all things are, and we through him….

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  3. Love, love, love this, Ryan. The history of Stand Up for Jesus is so interesting to me and I’m glad I know it now. I remember quite well your Grandma singing, too. Singing praises to God pleases Him. And singing to God and about God has so much power…it gives us joy, lifts our spirit, connects us to Him and with each other, and so much more. Your Dad and I were married in the Presbyterian Church in Galesburg, in fact as you know we just celebrated our 46th wedding anniversary a few days ago. I was also baptized in this church before I was married. I loved going to church with your Dad, his Mom and Dad, and grandparents Ward and Marie. I loved the sermons and singing of old hymns, listening to the choir, I loved being in church with family and all the others who came to worship. I felt love, I felt safe, and I felt whole. That’s what God does for us, makes us whole!
    A song my Dad and Mom sang while he played his guitar reminds me of what you are preaching here today. It’s called, “It is No Secret”. It’s a pretty song I think and it’s words are the simple truth, just as “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus” are so true.
    The chimes of time ring out the news
    Another day is through
    Some one slipped and fell,
    Was that someone you?
    You may have longed for added strength
    Your courage to renew
    Do not be disheartened
    I have news for you.
    It is no secret what God can do,
    What he has done for others,
    He’ll do for you.
    With arms wide open,
    He’ll pardon you
    It is no secret what God can do.
    There is no night, for in His light
    You’ll never walk alone.
    You’ll always feel at home wherever you may roam,
    There is no power can conquer you,
    While God is on your side.
    Take Him at His promise,
    Don’t run away and hide.
    It is no secret what God can do,
    What he has done for others,
    He’ll do for you.
    With arms wide open,
    He’ll pardon you.
    It is no secret what God can do…
    I pray those who haven’t found God will, and come to Him very soon! Amen. And, thank you, Ryan, for writing such a beautiful and meaningful post, your message is so appreciated!!
    Love you! Mom

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    1. Amen, thanks Mom!! That’s a beautiful song too, and so cool your Mom & Dad would sing it while Grandpa played his guitar. I’m looking forward to seeing all of them again in Heaven someday. Love you!


  4. This post made me tear up, Ryan. Our grandparents would’ve been fast friends. The beautiful rich and glorious history right near your family…amazing! This is why I love hymns so much. I love the back stories of the writers. I can visualize your Grandma standing up as I can my own. I have a book all about the history of hymns and unfortunately, it’s still in my storage since my move. I need to revisit it as it’s been several years. I’m such a history buff and the spirit is so alive in the words of these hymns. God bless you and yours. And also, your sweet Mom is so precious. I can’t help but read the exchange between you two. That’s how God loves us. What a special bond you share. ❤️🙏🏻😭

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I am very thankful for my Mom & the friendship we share. I love studying history too. Your book on hymns sounds great! I agree, our grandparents would have been good friends, thank you.😊 God bless you and your family!

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  5. Hi Ryan, thank you for reminding me of this hymn. It brought back memories to me of my Dad (who is no longer with us) but he taught me to sing that song as a young child. We would march around and sing it at the top of our voices. Bless you, there are some great hymns which it is good to remember. Thank you x

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