Devotions

Sharing the Light • Devotion #3: “The Little Drummer Boy”

“The Little Drummer Boy” has children and adults alike singing a nonsensical phrase some twenty-one times in its twenty-one lines – “rum pum pum pum.” Feel free to add hand motions or a make-shift drum as you stroll through the verses.

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.

Baby Jesus, 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.

One of the ending phrases encouraged me – “He smiled at me.” Do you pause through the day and realize that God does smile? Are our actions lending themselves to His approval and even happiness?

In Colossians 3:23, Paul writes about living life as if you have an audience of One, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” God is not like that “impossible to please” authority figure we all have experienced. Actually, His desire (and our goal) is found in His words recorded in Matthew 25:21, “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’”

I want the last line of my biography to go something like this:

Jesus said,

“Well done, good and faithful servant.”

“Then He smiled at me!”



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