The Perfect Gift!

The perfect gift!

The Little Drummer Boy” (originally “Carol of the Drum“) is a beloved Christmas song, written in 1941 by American composer, Katherine Kennicott Davis.  It was first recorded in 1951 by the Trapp Family Singers.

The simple lyrics explain the situation of a boy invited to see the new born King.  His dilemma: What gift can I, a poor young boy, offer to a king?

Turns out that young boy offered the only thing he had, the perfect gift for all Christ followers to emulate – Himself.  Let us picture the scene as it unfolds before the Christ:

“Little Drummer Boy”

Little Drummer Boy is invited,  presumedly by the Magi,  to come with them to see the new born King. The wise men state they will be bringing their finest gifts for the King:

Come they told me/Pa rum pum pum pum

A new born King to see/Pa rum pum pum pum

Our finest gifts we bring/Pa rum pum pum pum

To lay before the King/Pa rum pum pum pum

Rum pum pum pum/Rum pum pum pum

The wise men’s purpose of the visit is to honor the new baby:

So to honor Him/Pa rum pum pum pum

When we come/Pum pum pum pum

Pa rum pum pum/ Pum pum pum pum

Pa rum pum pum/ Pum pum pum pum

Pa rum pum pum/ Pum pum pum pum 
 

As Little Drummer Boy accompanies the wise men on their visit, he confesses to the new baby King he has no fine gift to offer,  such as those the Magi bring:

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 our King/Pa rum pum pum pum

Rum pum pum pum/Rum pum pum pum

Then, no doubt remembering he has a talent gifted to him in music, Little Drummer Boy asks the baby’s mother, Mary, if it would be alright if he played his drum for the newborn King:

Shall I play for you/Pa rum pum pum pum

Pa rum pum pum pum/Pum pum pum pum

Mary, pleased I’m sure with the gesture of this personal heartfelt gift, agrees. Not only was Mary delighted, but surrounding livestock joined in Little Drummer Boy’s rhythm. And it seems their pleasure inspired the very best drumming from the young musician:

Mary nodded/Pa rum pum pum pum

The ox and lamb kept time/Pa rum pum pum pum

I played my drum for Him/Pa rum pum pum pum

I played my best for Him/Pa rum pum pum pum,

Rum pum pum pum/Rum pum pum pum

 

Then it happened. The thank you, the recognition, the treasured response to his gift of self from the baby King. Little Drummer Boy simply gave of himself to Jesus. A gift far beyond measure of anything physical, including the Magi’s gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

What an exemplary gesture we should all remember during this special time of year. Christ wants us to worship and adore Him. We do that each time we use and acknowledge the special gifts He’s given to each of us, for His glory:

Romans 12:6-8 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Then He smiled at me/Pa rum pum pum pum

Me and my drum/Pa rum pum pum pum

Pa rum pum pum/ Pum pum pum pum 

Pa rum pum pum/ Pum pum pum pum

Pa rum pum pum/ Pum pum pum pum

 

Little Drummer Boy came when he was called to see the King, and gave the perfect gift!

Come they told me/Pa rum pum pum pum

A new born King to see/Pa rum pum pum pum

Me and my drum/Me and my drum

Me and my drum/Me and my drum

Rum pum pum pum

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Merry Christmas!

Click on the link below to listen to a beautiful a cappella  rendition of LITTLE DRUMMER BOY, sung by Pentatonic. 

Little Drummer Boy – Pentatonix



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