How I praise Thee, precious Savior

How I praise Thee, precious Savior,
  That Thy love laid hold of me;
Thou hast saved and cleansed and filled me,
  That I might Thy channel be.
  Channels only, blessed Master,
  But with all Thy wondrous grace,
Flowing through us, Thou canst use us
    Every hour in every place.
Just a channel, full of blessing,
  To the thirsty hearts around;
To tell out Thy full salvation,
  All Thy loving message sound.
Emptied that Thou shouldest fill me,
  A clean vessel in Thine hand;
With no strength but as Thou givest
  Graciously with each command.
Witnessing Thy grace to save me,
  Setting free from self and sin;
Thou hast bought me to possess me,
  In Thy fulness, Lord, come in.
O Lord, fill now with Thy Spirit
  Hearts that full surrender know;
That the streams of living water
  From our inner man may flow.
Iveren Blessing Aliough

Jos, Plateau

A great hymn indeed with rich wordings. How I pray I could sing and play it on a piano to my satisfaction. Let the meaning of this hymn fill my bottomless vacuum and satisfy my thirst and hunger in Jesus name. Amen.

Thank God for the soul that composed this hymn and blessed is he who sings this hymn.

Moses Ohabuike

Kaduna, Nigeria

I was asked to take up a prayer meeting with the Elders of the church in our Joint Leadership meeting. The Spirit of the Lord just whisper to me that you are all Channels only. The Lord's love has laid hold of us, saved and cleansed us to be used as channels of blessings to the body of Christ. Oh what a privilege.

Istifanus Ariko

Kaduna, Nigeria

I'm enthusiastic about this song hearing the voice of God in every line in my quiet time!

Ana Lara

Tolland, Connecticut, United States

Lyrics by Mary E. Maxwell- published in the 1900’s. Music by Ada Rosa Gibbs. Born October 5th, 1864, White Chapel, England. Died April 16th, 1905, Bromley Kent, England.

Gibbs studied at the Royal Academy of Music for Five years. Around 1890, she began to work for the Salvation Army. She also sang in D. L. Moody’s Evangelistic Missions and was part the Keswick Convention Movement. She was married on August, 1898 to William James Gibbs at one time Superintendent of the Methodist Central Hall in Bromley Kent.


Salem, Tamilndau, India, Tamilnadu, India

Be our blessed Master... You are awesome... thank You so much Lord for Your love and grace...

Inuwa K Bahago

Kaduna, Nigeria

The Lord has just graciously use my wife and I to be a channel to bless a ministry. Really a channel to link the ministry in need to a donor who met the felt need. When that was achieved this song I learnt over fifty years ago poped to my mind. Remembering only some lines with nowhere to find the song, I turn to Goggle and to my pleasure I found it. Thank you very much.


Surprised hearing this. I'm happy.


Pittsburg, PA, United States

I also awakened with this song this morning after not hearing it for perhaps 40 years--so beautiful and expressive of our experience of God's Spirit which comes to us in our sleep with just the right words.

Rosita Enriquez

Anaheim, United States

Thank you Anonymous, I had this song when I woke up too. For some reasons I thought the chorus went "vessels only blessed Master..."

Keep on singing, songs get deep down in our being, then in time of need, just as a deep well, it will spring forth living waters to refresh us and those who hear.....

Sing, sing, sing!


Had this song in my dream, I awoke to find out the lyrics and the tune. Thank you.

We are not in a movement. According to Hymns, #268, we are channels for God's Spirit to flow through us into others. If we visit the new ones in their homes every week, what is deposited into them will be with them for the rest of their lives. Even if we answer their questions with a few simple sentences, our answer will remain in the deepest part of their being. They may ask a simple question about dealing with their parents; if we are weighty, even a simple response will give them a deep impression. Our response will change their human life. This is what we must give people when we contact them through door-knocking. We must be prepared to do this.