"HAVING DONE ALL, TO STAND"
"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand" (Eph. 6:13)
INTRO.: A song that encourages us to take the whole armor of God that we might be able to stand is "Having Done All, to Stand." The text was written by Miss Julia Harriette Johnston (1849-1919). Miss Johnston is probably best known for the text to "Grace Greater Than Our Sin." The tune for "Having Done All, to Stand" was composed by Peter Philip Bilhorn (1865-1936). Bilhorn is perhaps best known for the song "Sweet Peace, the Gift of God’s Love" and the tune for "I Will Sing the Wondrous Story." Bilhorn and Johnston’s collaboration, "Having Done All, to Stand," was copyrighted in 1891, and the copyright was renewed in 1919. Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, the song appeared in the 1935 Christian Hymns (No. 1) edited by L. O. Sanderson.
The song discusses several things we must do to stand in the battle as soldiers of Christ.
I. Stanza 1 says that we must obey our Royal Leader
"Soldier of Christ, be steadfast! This is an ‘evil day.’
Look to your Royal Leader; Ever His word obey.
Taking the heavenly armor, Wait for your Lord’s command;
This is the charge He gives you: ‘Having done all, to stand.’"
A. Christians are soldiers of Christ: 2 Tim. 2:3-4
B. Jesus is our Royal Leader, and as His soldiers, we must obey Him: Heb. 5:8-9
C. One thing that He commands us to prepare us for battle is to put on the armor of God: 1 Thess. 5:8
II. Stanza 2 says that we must be true and faithful
"Patient and true and faithful, Facing the deadly foe,
Stand in the place appointed, March, when He bids you go.
All through the passing moments, Onward to Canaan’s land,
Banish all fear and doubting: ‘Having done all, to stand.’"
A. Just as soldiers must be loyal and true, so followers of Christ must be faithful: Rev. 2:10
B. The reason is that we face a deadly foe: 1 Pet. 5:8
C. Therefore, we must learn to stand in the place appointed: 1 Cor. 16:13
III. Stanza 3 says that we must watch on every hand
"This is no time to question; This is no time to yield.
Never a soul should falter, Bearing His sword and shield.
Keep in the ranks of Jesus, Watching on every hand;
This is the Christian duty: ‘Having done all, to stand.’"
A. As long as we live on this earth, we are engage in the battle, so there is never a time to yield or lose heart: 2 Cor. 4:16-18
B. Therefore, we should always be bearing the sword of God’s word: Heb. 4:12
C. And we must watch and pray lest we enter into temptation: Matt. 26:41
CONCL.: The chorus encourage us to do the things by which we can stand fast in the faith.
"Stand, therefore, stand;
Stand, therefore, stand.
Trusting in Jesus, our Savior,
Having done all, to stand."
This is not a well known song. I was unable to find any further information about it. However, it has a very important message. Yes, we seek peace, but not peace at any price. The only way that we can have peace with God is to fight the good fight of the faith, and the only way to wage the good warfare is, "Having Done All, to Stand."