We Play Our Drums for Him

December 24, 2013 - 12:05 PM

"The Little Drummer Boy" is a massively popular Christmas song, both for its "pa rum pum pum pum" and its message.

A poor young boy with a simple talent is beckoned to see the Child King.  He asks if he can play his drum as a gift for the Christ Child, since he has no wealth.  Mary nods, the boy plays his very best, and Christ smiles.

Such a powerful message was written on a simple premise: as we use our talents in the best way we can, we please God.

The song doesn't say, for instance, that the boy played his drum for passersby in order to raise enough money to buy a gift for the Child.  He played his drum for the Child, to please the Child, as a gift to the Child, because He is King.

How often do we stop and think of why we are doing what we do, and who we are doing it for?

Obviously, many of us would say that we work to keep our family going, but do we stop and think about doing our very best because it would please Him?

In a political sense, that message is one of individualism.  Each and every one of us has certain talents, and they are all different.  Our skin color does not matter, our gender does not matter, our social status does not matter - we are all equal, in those respects, in the eyes of God.  But, our talents are what make us unique.

And, when you think about how we are unique, like snowflakes, it is mind-boggling how pleased God would be if we just found our talent and did our very best for Him.

I read a poll that said that belief in God is dwindling in America.  There are still significant numbers of people who believe, but since 2005, according to the poll, we've dropped 5-8% of the population into the camp of non-believers.  At the same time, we have massive unemployment in America, and half of the population is on some form of welfare.

Though there will always be a segment of the population who will not work and do not believe in God, the number of believers does not have to continue downward, and with the passing of each Christmas, we can hope that more and more simply play their drums for Him.

Merry Christmas!

The Little Drummer Boy

(Originally written by Katherine Davis in 1941 as "Carol of the Drum" then recorded by the Trapp Family Singers in 1955, and rearranged by Harry Simeone and Henry Onorati in 1958)

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,

So to honor Him, pa rum pum pum pum, 
When we come. 

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, 
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, 

Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum, 
On my drum? 

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 He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum 
Me and my drum.