Telephone to glory, O, what joy divine!
I can feel the current moving on the line.
Built by God the Father for His very own,
You may talk to Jesus on this royal telephone.
Central’s never busy, always on the line;
You may hear from heaven almost any time;
‘Tis a royal service, free for one and all;
When you get in trouble, give this Royal line a call.
There will be no charges, telephone is free
It was built for service, just for you and me;
There will be no waiting on this royal line,
Telephone to glory always answers just in time.
Fail to get the answer, Satan’s crossed your wire,
By some strong delusion, or some base desire;
Take away obstructions, God is on the throne,
And you’ll get your answer through this royal telephone.
This hymn was written by Frederick M. Lehman (1868-1953) and was published in 1906.
Lehman was born in Germany and came to Iowa with his family at the age of four. He prepared for the ministry at Northwestern College in Naperville, IL, and was the founder of the Nazarene Publishing Company. He married Emma Louise Dermyer in 1891 in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. They were parents of eight children.
Lehman eventually moved to California and found it necessary to do manual labor to make a living. It was during his work breaks that he wrote this hymn; his daughter helped with the music.
Back in the day, you had to call Central (or an operator) to put your call through. And then, you might get a busy signal. As the song states, that is never a problem when you’re on His phone. What a privilege to use this phone anytime free-of-charge with no phone bill and no busy signal. We are the ones who are too busy, but many problems could be solved or even avoided if we first went to the Lord in prayer.
I Thess. 5:16-17, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
James 5:16, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
These scriptures remind us that we should be in prayer daily. It is truly a blessing that we have a heavenly Father who wants to hear from us. His line is never busy!