In a music video released on 3 February 2017 called “’Love’ (Lord),” Yahosh Bonner and Kiirt Banks share their powerful testimonies in song. The song is a reminder to us all that come what may on our journey in life, we should take the time to give thanks to the Lord for all His blessings – both the grandiose as well as those which seem insignificant that we so often take for granted.
As they share their testimonies, singing praises unto the Lord, we are also carefully reminded that we should always remember from whence we came. As we press forward in life, we should not obliterate our past from our memory. For it is things of our past that help to bring us to our present. And ultimately it is those things that help to usher in our future. We should continue to forge ahead, but in our progression, we must never forget from whence we came. The Psalmist declared, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121: 1-4). And the writer of Lamentations exhorted, “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).
There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to climb up the ladder of success in life so long as we remember not to crush the fingers of those who help steady that ladder as we climb from rung to rung. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to move from one station in life to a different station in life so long as we remember to thank the Conductor of the “train” for getting us to the new station unscathed. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to cross a bridge to get to the other side so long as we do not attempt to dismantle the bridge as we are crossing it in hopes of using its wood as logs and kindling to build a fire in celebration of our crossing over. There is absolutely nothing wrong with closing one door behind us and opening new doors of opportunity so long as we remember not to slam any door in the face of the ones who helped open those new doors in our lives.
Every day, indeed every hour of the day, yields a reason to give thanks unto Him from whom all blessings flow. As we listen to Yahosh and Kiirt’s masterful rendition of “’Love’ (Lord)” let us ever be mindful that although the Lord does not have a telephone (cellphone), we can still call Him anytime, day or night, seven days a week, and we never need to leave a message for Him because He personally answers all incoming calls. He does not have a Facebook account, but if we will let Him, He will be our dearest and closest friend. He does not have a Twitter account, but where He leads us, if we are willing, we will surely follow. He does not have a Linkedin account, but as our Lord and Savior, we know Him, and He knows each of us by name. And, He does not have a YouTube account to display the majesty and wonder of His creations but we are reminded, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork” (Psalm 19:1).
“Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord” (Psalm 150:6). For as this soul-stirring song also reminds us, when the praises go up, the blessings come down.