ALTAR OF WORSHIP IN
By Karen Davis
As Elijah was called by the God of Israel to “repair the altar of the Lord that was broken down” (1 Kings 18:30), so today the body of Messiah in Israel is being used to restore the true worship of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to call the people of the Land to turn from their idolatry. The majority of Israelis today have rejected Orthodox Judaism, but are still longing for a genuine experience of God in their lives. As a result, many have turned to various forms of occultic Judaism, new age practices, and even Satanism among the youth. For most of them, their only concept of the worship of Adonai has been what they saw and experienced in the synagogue, which although beautiful and quite often scripture- based, is lacking the reality of a personal, intimate relationship with God.
By contrast, we, as Messianic
Jews who have access to the Holy of Holies by the blood of Yeshua, are uniquely
able to demonstrate to Israelis a living, loving relationship with the Lord God
Worship leaders and musicians throughout Israel have been seeking the Lord for new songs in the Hebrew language that carry the living Word of God and the “sound of heaven,” with textures, melodies, and rhythms that reflect our identity as Israelis, both native-born and those of us gathered from the ends of the earth. Although styles of Messianic worship may vary from congregation to congregation—with some choosing to incorporate various elements of synagogue liturgy, such as the traditional acapella singing of the “Shema” (Deut. 6:4), while others feel called to a less-structured approach—our common desire is that the Holy One of Israel “who inhabits the praises of His people” (Ps. 22:3) will manifest Himself to those who have not yet seen “the glory of God in the face of Yeshua the Messiah” (2 Cor. 4:6).
Our challenge as worship leaders
Karen Davis is the Worship
Director of Kehilat HaCarmel (Carmel Assembly) located on top of Mount Carmel,
For the Lord to raise up
anointed, skillful worship leaders and musicians in
· For new worship music in Hebrew which will penetrate the hearts of Israelis
· For the Lord to truly manifest Himself during corporate worship times (Ps.22:3; Eph. 2:22)