Little Drummer Boy
By Pastor Patrick Badstibner
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. – Mark 10:45
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, – Hebrews 1:3
God personified, Passionate Love Alive, The Glory of God to behold, came in lowly squalor not in royal robes to be served, but not to be served. All other gods demanded service not this one…He came to give.
“The Little Drummer Boy” (originally known as “Carol of the Drum”) is a popular Christmas song written by the American classical music composer and teacher Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941. It was recorded in 1955 by the Trapp Family Singers and further popularized by a 1958 recording by the Harry Simeone Chorale.
In the lyrics the singer relates how, as a poor young boy, he was summoned by the Magi to the nativity where, without a gift for the infant Jesus, he played his drum with the Virgin Mary’s approval, remembering “I played my best for Him” and “He smiled at me.”
A few of the lyrics ring with deep truth as they offer truth about what we have to really offer this new born king, this baby born in humble settings in lowly standards. Few babies have had more humble beginnings. Imagine Mary changing dirty diapers. The creator of the universe in a poopy diaper…now there’s a thought!
These lyrics seem to point that we are poor and have no real gift to bring that is fit for The Creator of the Universe.
Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum
I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum
That’s fit to give the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
And maybe that is the point, the God of the universe experienced. Possibly diaper rash, colic, a mom worried over him, food upsetting his stomach, crying out in hunger, with a wet diaper, the worry and crankiness of parents who have been up all night with a crying baby, shivering in the cold, fussing because he’s too hot. All so that those who had no ability to offer him anything, could.
In order that those who would not choose to worship Him might one day be able to give him their best in worship.
So that one day we could choose to ask, “Can I offer my gift to you”. as He smiles upon his chosen bride and God the father looks upon His children with adoring eyes.
Enabling those who could not…to be able to come to bow before Him and make most of Him. May we remember this season, He did not suffer humility so He could grant our Christmas wishes and lists, but so that we could offer to Him in worship the very talents He gave us and make the most of Him with them.
All so that we might indeed ask, “Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum,
On my drum?”
And know He’s smiling with the eyes of passionate love.
Little Drummer Boy – Pentatonix
~ God bless you and yours ~