For Zion’s Sake

The years and the tears
The hoping and the waiting
Surely you, O Israel,
Who wait upon the Lord
Will not be ashamed

Surely Zion will not die
While watchmen cry

Your zeal, your heart
Your burden so real
The heart of Abba
Trembling with heartache for His son

Zion, can you hear
Israel, he is near
Calling, crying out
Like a woman in labor
Panting, gasping
Laying low everything keeping you
From loving him

Jerusalem, he will not forsake you
He will not forget you
Your walls before him
His peace not withholding
Death will not prosper,
Wickedness will not have its way with you

Your walls always on his mind
Your bulwarks etched in time
Made of stone
A defense
Keeping him afar
But wanting him near

Coming for you
He is
One day soon

Mocking will end
Lying will die
Hatred crushed beneath him
As He draws near
New life will take hold again

Zion’s Healing

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I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds, says Adonai,
Because they called you an outcast saying: This is Zion; no one seeks her.

– excerpt from the book of the prophet Jeremiah

The heart of the father,
The heart of Adonai
Healing is the bread given to his children
Restoration is the hope for all who are his

Israel is his child,
His firstborn son
When all the nations and all the peoples
Cast you out

O Zion, he will seek you out
Your father will find you
When you are lost and destitute
He will rescue you

The heart of the father,
The heart of Adonai
Calling out, crying out
Bringing life to his children
Remembering their cries

You Hear – 40


I waited patiently for the Lord
He inclined and heard my cry
He took me up out of the pit,
Out of the miry clay

I will sing, sing a new song
How long to sing this song
How long to sing this song

He set my feet upon a rock
He established and ordered my steps

Many will see, many will see and hear
How long to sing this song
How long to sing this song

Do not withhold your tender mercies from me, O Lord;
Let your lovingkindness and your truth continually preserve me

Let all those who seek you rejoice and be glad in you
Let such as love your salvation say continually,
“The Lord be magnified!”
But I am poor and needy;
Yet the Lord thinks upon me
You are my help and my deliverer;
Do not delay, O my G-d

Excerpts from Psalm 40 and 40 by U2

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May G-d lift the head of his people Israel
Like he did David’s head,
Time and time again

Once again
May he deliver them out of the pit,
Out of the miry clay
And put a new song in their mouth
A song of hallel
That many will see and fear
And trust in the name of the Lord

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Israel’s Cry

In peering at the Holocaust, one witnesses the depths of the depravity of man. In hearing survivor’s stories, only tears can answer and soothe the deep heartache of these ones. As daily terror against Israel (in words, deeds and boycotts) continues and increases with an energy only resolute hatred or anti-Semitism can explain, I am concerned about what is to come.

Where are the courageous ones standing against the tide of anti-Semitism today? May many who are filled with love for the people of G-d’s choosing be strong and resolute in love in these days. May we hear Israel’s cry and the cry of the heart of G-d.

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Israel’s Cry

Israel’s cry is a deep cry
It is a heart-wrenching cry
It is a cry that must be heard

Israel’s cry resounds
On the earth and in the heavens
It is a cry that will not go away
It will be answered

Israel’s cry is a cry
That prophesies
Israel’s cry is a cry
Deeper than words

Israel’s cry touches
The very heart of G-d

Will you hear the cry of a people
Set apart yet reviled
Will you hear the cry of a people
Aching for their G-d

Will you hear the cry of G-d
Longing for his firstborn
Will you hear the cry of Abba
Aching for his children to be near

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