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Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus

Posted: January 20, 2008 in Hymn Story

Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus
By Reverend George Duffield

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.”
– 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

“Tell them to stand up for Jesus.” These were the final words of a twenty-nine-year-old Episcopalian minister, Dudley Tyng, as he spoke from his deathbed to a group of sorrowing friends and fellow ministers.

Pastor Duffield wrote this poem as a tribute to his esteemed friend. Soon the challenging words found their way into the hearts and hymnals of God’s people around the world.

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Stand Up and Bless the Lord

Posted: January 7, 2008 in Hymn Story

Stand Up and Bless the Lord

By James Montgomery, 1771-1854

“Stand Up and Bless the Lord” was written by James Montgomery in 1824 especially for a Sunday school anniversary in Sheffield, England. It was based on Nehemiah 9:5. Montgomery was the editor of a newspaper in Sheffield and was known as an outspoken advocate for many humanitarian causes, especially abolition of slavery. His ideas for social reform were considered so radical that he was imprisoned two times.

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Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above

Posted: December 30, 2007 in Hymn Story

Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above

By Johann J. Schutz, 1640-1690

“The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof…. The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see His glory.” Psalm 97:1,6

This stately hymn is the product of several significant historical events occurring in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries which greatly shaped the course of church history. The first was the Protestant Reformation Movement climaxed by Martin Luther’s posting of the ninety-five theses at the Cathedral of Wittenberg in 1517. From this time Lutheranism was a dominant religious force in Germany and throughout Europe.

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Silent Night! Holy Night

Posted: December 23, 2007 in Hymn Story

Silent Night! Holy Night

By Joseph Mohr, 1792-1848

Joseph Mohr was born in the lovely city of Salzburg, Austria, in 1792. As a boy he was an active chorister in the Cathedral of Salzburg. In 1815 Mohr was ordained to the priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church. Following his ordination, he served various parishes in the Salzburg area. It was while serving as an assistant priest in 1818, at the newly erected Church of St. Nicholas in Obernorf in the region of Tyrol, high in the beautiful Alps, that Mohr wrote the text for this favorite of all Christmas carols.

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Rejoice-The Lord is King!

Posted: December 19, 2007 in Hymn Story

Rejoice-The Lord is King!

By Charles Wesley, 1707-1788

This text by Charles Wesley is another of the more than 6,500 hymns written by the “Sweet Bard of Methodism.” Wesley wrote on hundreds of scriptural passages as well as on every conceivable phase of Christian experience and doctrine. This text was developed by Wesley to encourage his followers to have a more spontaneous joy in their lives as they became aware that Christ reigns victorious in heaven. It was based on the apostle Paul’s instruction to the Christians at Philippi:

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)

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Redeemed

Posted: December 16, 2007 in Hymn Story

Redeemed

By Fanny J. Crosby, 1820-1915

Man has been separated from God by sin and has become a slave of Satan. But man has been redeemed. Because Christ paid the ransom we owed to divine justice, we have been freed from the shackles of sin’s bondage and God’s eternal wrath. Out of gratitude for this deliverance, we cling to our new master and lovingly determine to serve Him forever. A realization of redemption causes the ransomed to sing repeatedly, “Redeemed–, how I love to proclaim it, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb….”

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Praise Him! Praise Him!

Posted: December 12, 2007 in Hymn Story

Praise Him! Praise Him!

By Fanny J. Crosby, 1820-1915

Praise is our Lord’s most righteous due. It is not an option whether we will offer praise–it is one of God’s commands. Scriptures clearly teach that we are to offer a sacrifice of praise to God continually (Hebrews 13:15, 16). Our daily sacrifice of praise should include joyful songs for who Christ is–”our blessed redeemer.” Then we need to praise God for all of His daily blessings, which are beyond number. We should offer praise even for the trials of life for they are often blessings in disguise. Finally, our sacrifice should include praise for His leading in ways yet to be experienced.

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O Worship the King

Posted: December 9, 2007 in Hymn Story

O Worship the King

By Robert Grant, 1779-1838

“Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, Thou art very great.” Psalm 104:1

Man is basically a religious though unregenerate being. In all human life there is a consciousness of a supreme power. Even the most primitive savage is a religious being as he attempts to fulfill his duties to the invisible powers he senses about him. Since the beginning of recorded time, music has always had a unique association with man’s worship experiences.

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O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus

Posted: December 6, 2007 in Hymn Story

O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus

By S. Trevor Francis, 1834-1925

“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” (Ephesians 3:17, 18)

Who can fully grasp the dimensions of God’s great love for us? Yet the Scriptures teach that we are to have a growing awareness of divine love. Love is the very heart and essence of God, not only for the lovely but for the vilest of sinners. Christ did not die merely to display God’s love–He died because God is love (1 John 4:8). If the New Testament teaches us anything, it teaches us about God’s love in searching for lost men. Becoming a Christian in a very real sense is simply putting ourselves in the way of being found by God–to stop running from His loving pursuit.

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O How I Love Jesus

Posted: December 2, 2007 in Hymn Story

O How I Love Jesus

By Frederick Whitfield, 1829-1904

“We love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)

This simply stated, lilting musical testimony has been another of the Sunday school favorites since it was first published in leaflet form in 1855. It has since been translated into various languages and has been included in numerous evangelical hymnals.

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