Come, they told me, pa rum pum pum pum
A newborn 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 honour 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 a 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
Me and my drum
Most of you will recognize these lyrics from the Christmas carol, The Little Drummer Boy. The boy came to honor the King, but he had no gift fit for a King. And yet, the boy gave what he had; he played on his drum his best song of praise in honor of the King.
We honor God not with gifts or material goods. What gifts or material goods could we possibly bring that would be suitable for the King of kings and Lord of lords? No, the prophet Micah gives us a good reminder of what God requires of each of us and how we are to honor the King.
“What should I bring before the Lord when I come to bow before God on high?
Should I come before him with burnt offerings, with year-old calves? Would the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams or with ten thousand streams of oil? Should I give my firstborn for my transgression, the offspring of my body for my own sin? Mankind, he has told each of you what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God. (Emphasis added, Micah 6:6-8 CSB).
Honor befitting the King of kings comes from hearts overflowing with a desire to offer ourselves in service to the King.
On behalf of our family, we wish each of you a Merry Christmas!