Little Drummer Boy
Introduction

Introduction

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Intro

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Verse 1

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     Come they told me pa rum pum pum pum
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     A new born King to see pa rum pum pum pum
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    Our finest gifts we bring pa rum pum pum pum
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    To lay be -   fore the King pa   rum pum pum pum
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     Rum pum pum pum   rum pum pum   pum
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    So to honor Him pa   rum pum pum   pum
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    When we come

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Verse 2

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     Little baby pa rum pum pum pum
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     I am a poor boy too pa rum pum pum pum
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    I have no gift to bring pa rum pum pum pum
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    That's fit to   give the King pa   rum pum pum pum
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     Rum pum pum pum   rum pum pum   pum
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    Shall I play for You pa   rum pum pum   pum
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    On my drum

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Verse 3

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     Mary nodded pa rum pum pum pum
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     The ox and lamb kept time pa rum pum pum pum
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    I played my drum for Him pa rum pum pum pum
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    I played my   best for Him pa   rum pum pum pum
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     Rum pum pum pum   rum pum pum   pum
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    Then He smiled at me pa   rum pum pum   pum             

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C#m A E
Me and my   drum                                 
C#m A B
Me and my   drum                                 

Ending

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    Jesus smiled at me pa rum pum pum pum       

Devotional

Little Drummer Boy

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The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. (Acts 17:24-25)
We know about the shepherds keeping watch by night, and then the magi from the east who came to Jerusalem.  We know about the innkeeper who told Mary and Joseph there wasnt any room, and we know about Herods malicious edict to kill the male babies of Bethlehem.

But then there's the little drummer boy, the fictitious character of the popular Christmas song first recorded in 1955.  This drummer is, of course, not in the biblical story, but his presence has become legendary in our modern Christmas imagination.  And we can learn from him.

So The Song Goes

At a casual listen, though, the song is so simple, and clouded with so many pa-rum-pa-pum-pums, that it's not immediately obvious what's going on.  The song opens, as the drummer boy narrates, with the magi recruiting him to join their journey to see Jesus.  Come, they [the magi] told me...a newborn King to see...our finest gifts to bring.


Apparently, the drummer boy agrees to come along, and the lyrics fast-forward to him gathered around the young Jesus, acknowledging his poverty, admitting he has no gift to bring thats really fit for a king.  But he does have this drum.  And so he asks, "Shall I play for you?"  To which Mary nods her approval, and then the drummer boy plays, and plays his best. Then Jesus smiles. 


Me and My Drum

At this point, even though we know this isn't historical, we know it could have happened.  In fact, in different forms, this sort of scenario has played over and over for thousands of years.  Worshipers of Jesus compel their neighbors to consider him, to come and see him, as it were.  And when they do, if they would believe, a moment happens when they realize their bankruptcy is exposed.  They see Jesus and comprehend his glory, and then they look at themselves: But I am broken.  I am empty and poor.  I've got nothing to bring this King that even comes close to representing the honor that is due him.  All I have is this drum.

This is all of us, you see.  I am that little drummer boy, and so are you.  Before we can be the magi inviting others to come, were the ones who feel completely inadequate.  If we would see Jesus, and understand his significance, we can't help but sense our own frailty.  All we have is this drum.  What in the world could ever be enough for this King?  We've just got this drum, so we ask, do you want that?  Do you want this stupid drum?  And he says, yes, bring your nothing, play the drum.


And so we play it for him, and we play our best for him, declaring that we are small, that we are weak, that he doesnt need us in the least, but that with all that we are, with the every little speck of nothing we have, we are giving it to him.  To Him.


We know that this King has no lack, that he doesn't need anything, but that we, because of him, are absolutely, completely, wonderfully His.  "Me and my drum” all His.