Scripture Verse

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! 1 John 3:1


J. Lincoln Hall

Words: Ida L. Reed, 1896.

Music: J. Lin­coln Hall (🔊 pdf nwc). Some hym­nals show the com­pos­er as Mau­rice Clif­ton, Hall’s pseu­do­nym.

If you know where to get a bet­ter pho­to of Reed,

Ida L. Reed

Origin of the Hymn

This text by Ida L. (Reed) Smith was in­spired by a sto­ry she read as a youth. En­ti­tled A Prin­cess in Cal­i­co, it told of a lit­tle girl who re­mained hap­py al­though her life was full of mis­for­tune.

When asked how she could smile through her trou­bles, she re­plied, Oh, it’s be­cause I belong to the king!

Ida Smith’s life was al­so one of tri­als. She was sick, lone­ly, im­pov­er­ished, and bed-rid­den for years. From a hos­pi­tal bed she wrote the words of this hymn.

Hustad, p. 106


I belong to the King; I’m a child of His love,
I shall dwell in His palace so fair,
For He tells of its bliss in yon Heaven above,
And His children in splendor shall share.


I belong to the King; I’m a child of His love,
And he never forsaketh His own.
He will call me some day to His palace above;
I shall dwell by His glorified throne.

I belong to the King, and He loves me I know,
For His mercy and kindness so free
Are unceasingly mine wheresoever I go,
And my refuge unfailing is He.


I belong to the King, and His promise is sure:
That we all shall be gathered at last
In His kingdom above, by life’s waters so pure,
When this life with its trials is past.