Harriett E. Buell, 1834-1910

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
Romans 8:16 & 17

As children of the heavenly kingdom, we should learn to enjoy and possess the rich spiritual blessings that belong to us as heirs with God's riches.

We have been justified and made acceptable to God
Romans 5:1


We have been adopted into God's royal family
Romans 8:16 & 17


We have been given a citizenship in Heaven
Philippians 3:20


We possess the indwelling Holy Spirit
I Corinthians 6:19


We have been placed into the kingdom of the Son of God's love
Colossians 1:13


We have the promise that the best is yet to come
a heavenly Home
I Corinthians 2:9

Whether you are great or small in God's kingdom, you are still God's child. An infant is as truly a child of its parents as is a full-grown adult. You are as dear to your heavenly Father as the most prominent member in His family.

Harriett Buell wrote the words for "A Child of the King" one Sunday while walking home from church. She sent her text to the Northern Christian Advocate, and it was printed in the February 1, 1877 issue of the magazine. John Sumner, a singing school music teacher, saw the words and composed the music without Harriett Buell's knowledge. The hymn has been widely used since then to remind believers who they really are--bearers of God's image (Genesis 1:26) and children of the King of kings through adoption in Christ!

My Father is rich in houses and lands,
He holdeth the wealth of the world in His hands!
Of rubies and diamonds, of silver and gold,
His coffers are full, He has riches untold.

My Fatherís own Son, the Savior of men,
Once wandered on earth as the poorest of them;
But now He is pleading our pardon on high,
That we may be His when He comes by and by.

I once was an outcast stranger on earth,
A sinner by choice, an alien by birth,
But Iíve been adopted, my nameís written down,
An heir to a mansion, a robe and a crown.

A tent or a cottage, why should I care?
Theyíre building a palace for me over there;
Though exiled from home, yet still may I sing:
All glory to God, Iím a child of the King.

Iím a child of the King,
A child of the King:
With Jesus my Savior,
Iím a child of the King.

*For Today*: Romans 8:14-17; Galatians 4:1-7; Ephesians 1:5; James 2:5

As an heir of God and a citizen of Heaven, strive to make your walk and actions consistent with this high and privileged calling.

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Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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