You’ve probably all heard the 70’s era song, “Signs” by The “5 Man Electrical Band” released in 1971. They were one of many great bands and artists to come out of Canada over the years, including Bachman-Turner Overdrive, The Guess Who, The Hanson Brothers, Nickelback, Rush, Steppenwolf, Neil Young, Bryan Adams, Justin Bieber, Michael Bublé, Céline Dion, Nelly Furtado, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Alanis Morissette, Anne Murray, and Shania Twain. 

You’ll recognize the lyrics of the chorus from the song “Signs,” “Sign, sign, everywhere a sign / Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind / Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?” The clever lyrics explicitly expressed the thinking and philosophy of a segment of the population in that era, the so-called “hippie culture.”  Not only does the song express the values of the hippie culture, but it also makes a very strong religious/Christian statement that is rare in pop songs these days.  Toward the end of the song, the hard driving electric guitar plays softly and the singer sings the words:

“And the sign said, "Everybody welcome. Come in, kneel down and pray"
But when they passed around the plate at the end of it all, I didn't have a penny to pay
So I got me a pen and a paper and I made up my own little sign
I said, "Thank you, Lord, for thinkin' 'bout me. I'm alive and doin' fine."”

With these simple words, this song expresses some profound theology, i.e. that the Creator, the Almighty God enthroned in Heaven actually thinks about us.  In fact, His love is so great that He thinks of each of us constantly.  Psalm 40:5 tells us, “Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.”  I cannot imagine how He can simultaneously think of every one of us and even fellowship with us personally and involve Himself in the most mundane details of our lives, but I know by experience that He does do this in my life and by witness of others that He does these things for them as well.  People of the world who are unsaved and not enlightened by the truth of God’s Holy Spirit cannot comprehend the fact that God operates in such a personal level with so many people at the same time.  They simply cannot grasp How Mighty and Powerful and Capable He Is. 


Even for those of us saved by Jesus, God's thoughts about us are such an incredible mystery.  Even after being saved for 44 years, and growing so close to God, walking in constant fellowship with Him throughout the day, I can’t grasp so many things about Him, about His Magnitude, Glory, Majesty, Power, etc. He is so far above me that I believe I will never really understand until I meet Him face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12). 

I pray that you would realize and experience God’s Tremendous Love in your life and that you would see evidence of His Work and His Constant Thoughts about you.

 


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04/14/2016 12:04am

Well as the time is moving so there is a change in several things and music has also been change by time to time, 70's song were not like pop or rocking as nowadays are.

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01/29/2017 4:41am

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02/26/2017 2:31am

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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