I don’t know about you, but sometimes, as an adult, the songs I’ve sung since childhood take on a whole new “grown up” meaning. And this week “The Little Drummer Boy” has been one of them. I find myself relating to the little drummer boy in several ways.
Come, they told me. A newborn King to see.
Our finest gifts we bring, to lay before the King.
So to honor him, when we come.
This child was invited to come honor the King. I too was invited to join a procession of praise when Christ called me to follow Him. Like him, I wasn’t really sure where the procession would take me, but I knew I didn’t want to miss out.
Little baby, I am a poor boy too.
I have no gift to bring, that’s fit to give a king.
This child recognized His shortcomings and felt his offering would be inadequate. So too do I feel an inadequacy with the responsibilities God has called me to. I don’t feel like what I offer could be fit to honor a holy King. My offerings seem broken and stained.
Shall I play for you?
Mary nodded. The ox and lamb kept time.
I played my drum for him.
This child loved the King enough to offer all he had. So I want to serve motivated by love for my Savior and King. May I offer all I am to give Him thanks and praise.
I played my best for Him.
He took what He had- what he had been given- and gave His all to serve the King. I want to serve in this way, taking what God has given me- maybe a skill, a gift, a talent, a blessing- and offering it back to Him with all the strength I have.
Then He smiled at me.
He watched for the approval of the King. As a recovering people-pleaser, I so long to live only for the approval of the King. I think of the “audience of one” that I want to focus on, leaving the approval of man behind.
Several scriptures come to mind as I ponder the truths in this song:
Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”
Hebrews 13:16 “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”
Galatians 1:10 “Am I now trying to win the approval of man? Or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
Romans 12:1 “In view of God’s mercy, offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, this is your spiritual act of worship.”
I am also reminded of the widow told of in Luke 21 who gave two very small copper coins as an offering for the temple treasury. Jesus commended her, saying she had given more than all the others. “All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
Lord, I come as the poor little drummer boy to offer all you’ve given me back to your service. I come as the poor widow with all I have to live on. May I serve you with all my heart, mind, soul and strength. Take all that I am for Your Glory. May my offering please the King.