Yesterday’s hymn Hymn of the Day: I Sing the Mighty Power of God is a classic hymn by Isaac Watts, a well-known hymn writer. Today’s hymn, Channels Only, is credited to a woman that went by the name Mary E. Maxwell. Although, there is speculation as to if this was even her real name! It could very well be that her real name was Mary Elizabeth Braddon, a British author. Whoever it was that wrote this hymn, not much is known about them sadly.
It would be helpful to understand what a channel is before listening or singing this hymn! A channel is like a canal or a conduit. Perhaps you could think of it like a river or a water hose. Maybe you are familiar with electrical wiring and it would be more helpful to think of a channel as a wire where the electricity travels from one place to another. Even more helpful would be to understand a channel, in Christian terms, as a person who is representing someone else and going out into the world to deliver the message given to deliver! As Christians, we are to be people who are willing to be ambassadors for Christ. We carry his message, which is to be delivered to all people. What is unique about being an ambassador for Christ is that Christ himself is the message we bring to others.
This is the best I could find for you to listen to! Some of the words are switched around in this version…
So, when you listen to or sing Channels Only meditate on the words of the chorus:
Channels only, blessed Master– but with all Thy wondrous pow’r
Flowing thru us, Thou canst use us Ev’ry day and ev’ry hour.