Repost from December 2010 edited.
While I enjoy classical Christian songs, there’s a secular one that speaks to my heart too; “The Little Drummer Boy.” My Christmas isn’t complete until I’ve heard that simple song with the Pa Rum Pa Pum Pum. My favorite is version is by Bob Seger.
I’ve heard that song my whole life. When I was younger I listened to the words without hearing them. About five years ago, after listening to that song my whole life, I finally “heard” the words to that song.
Although knowing the words in my brain, they couldn’t make their way through the denseness down into my heart. When they finally did, that’s when I learned to love that song.
Not that the song was a true story, but the idea of God showing His approval to his children finally got traction in my heart.
Like that little drummer boy we have nothing to offer God. We only have to give Him what He’s given us first. Like the Psalmist understood, (paraphrase) “What is it that I can give to you, God? All things come from your hand.”
I have nothing– I am nothing– All I am is because of God’s gift to me. The ultimate Christmas present–The only perfect sacrifice to cover our sins permanently, His son Jesus Christ, whom He allowed to suffer on our behalf so that He would be able to look upon us, even with our sin and offer this perfect gift. The gift of eternal life.
As if that weren’t enough, He also gave each and every one of us something else… Another gift. The things we do. The things we have a talent or passion for. I have a drum set. I even have a guitar. I have no illusions, that gift He gave the little drummer boy he didn’t give me.
For those of us that belong to God understand these gifts aren’t ours, they belong to God. When we use them to bring Him honor we find peace and joy beyond our flesh. We live in a spiritual peace that surpasses human comprehension.
Since the gifts we have are actually intellectual property of the Creator of the cosmos, they are given with a responsibility.We have a duty to use them in such a way that shows the greatness of the One who provided them.
The last verse of that song is what I finally heard after a lifetime of listening to it. “Then He smiled at me Pa Rum Pa Pum Pum, me and my drum.”
The God of all creation smiling as we use the gifts He blessed us with. I can’t imagine anything better.
This is one of the gifts He’s given me, may I honor Him with it. May He smile on me and my family as we try to bring Him honor with what belongs to Him.
This Christmas may we all use whatever gifts He’s blessed us with.
May we bring a smile to His Holy Face…