Listen: The Little Drummer Boy
Read: Psalm 18:7-14
I know, I know, the song has no factual basis in the Scripture, but there is good grace-theology wrapped up in the lyrics. Consider the lyric, “I have no gift to bring…that’s fit to give a king” and compare the essence of that line with our reading in Psalm 18.
Grace is easily misunderstood by dark-hearted, natural-born sinners like us isn’t it? Some people hear grace is a free gift and think of this truth as a hall pass to “continue in sin.” That kind of unthankful lawless abuse of God’s grace is utterly condemned with the phrase, “God forbid.”
Not only is grace easily twisted by those who wish to remain unchanged by God’s grace and lawless, but also by those who see themselves as obedient. If we underestimate our own depravity, we easily fall prey to the sin of pride and deceive ourselves, don’t we? If we do in fact think of ourselves as a bit better than another because we have forsaken “big sins,” we have simply divided wickedness into two containers and given them labels of our own liking. Are we not, in that moment, as equally unchanged by God’s grace as the lawless one?
Now that we have thought a little about this proverbial horse called Grace, and both sides that we may easily fall off of her, let’s move on to the way to stay in the saddle. How should we think? We ought to have the mind of a humble, poor, little boy. A boy who recognizes the grace of God to be so wonderful and extravagant that he “plays his best” for the King without presuming his gift is accepted on it’s own merit. No. Jesus’ grace does deserve the gift of my whole life, but my life isn’t truly “fit for the King.” Here, my heart sings! The grace of our King makes my gift acceptable. The rhythm of my life as I play “my best for Him,” I believe, brings a gracious smile to the face of my King.