Occasionally we hear a "crossover" song on secular Israeli radio - from religious Orthodox Jewish singers, into the Hebrew secular mainstream. One such singer is Yonatan Rzael, whose songs are being played on secular radio stations. His songs and others like them reveal the heart hunger in this nation, and a yearning for the God of Israel.

The heartbeat you hear in these songs is not a national sense of "God, save us from those pesky Iranians wanting to wipe us off the map", but rather a more deeply personal chord from the innermost being of the composer. The lyrics speak for themselves:

Va'ani Tfilati (My Prayer to You) by Y. Razel

But as for me my prayer is to You
In an acceptable time
Do You hear my voice?
Again I stand here naked before You
Do You remember who I am?

This is little me
Whom You placed in the garden [of Eden]
Asking, calling out to You
That You would come to me the man ["Adam"]
Because I need You in this world

Bein Hazlilim (Between the Sounds) by Y. Razel

In between the sounds
In between the words
And yet high above the stars
And also close to me deep in the heart

Calling me to Himself
Not to forget, not to conceal
So that before the sun sets
Perhaps a new day will shine ...

Or Chadesh (A New Light) by S. Rand

A new light will break into my room
My heart will open up and be filled
A new song will quake inside of me
And come forth upon my lips ...

And You will comfort us
Because we have been very startled ...
And our mouths will be filled with laughter
When you are revealed

My Father, my Father lengthen Your stride
Because my strength is almost gone
My soul, my soul will go out to meet You
O when You are revealed

Can you sense a stage of fulfillment of prayer and of prophecy?

"Israel, I the LORD, will lure you ... and speak gently to you ...
You will say 'Yes' to me as you did in your youth, when leaving Egypt ...
I will no longer even let you mention the names of those pagan gods that you called 'Master'.
I will say ... 'You are my people', and they will answer, 'You are our God'.
" Hosea 2:14-23 (CEV)

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13:24 06May13 RH -
Music stirs our souls to a place that is found deep in our hearts. I pray for this musician and for his longing for God to be fulfilled, that our Father uses this drawing to lift up His Son!

14:09 06May13 Eliza Howarth -
I am deeply moved by these lyrics, as beautiful as any I have seen written for worship songs. Thank you for sharing. Our God cannot resist these cries from the heart.

14:24 06May13 Paloma Broun -
I am thankful to read your article . O yes, Holy One of Israel, do continue to call, to awake Your people to stir their souls unto Yourself. This has being my prayer since 1947.

15:45 06May13 Mary -
Several months ago the Holy Spirit spoke to me heart: "Netanyahu has a hungry heart for Me!" He said. I do pray for him. My daughter, husband and 5 grandchildren live in Jerusalem. We are not Jewish, but I am thrilled that my grandchildren are getting to experience the Holy Land -- and also becoming aware of its difficulties.

21:40 06May13 Phyllis -
I am at a house of prayer in the US and we are praying for Israel - let the new song arise! Until Jerusalem is a praise in the earth!

23:12 07May13 Anon -
All of the songs are exquisite! The lyrics of "Or Chadesh" by Shuli Rand really touched me. I have been praying for him and his beautiful wife Michal ever since I saw "Ushpizin" several years ago (I've seen it 5 or 6 times!). I immediately fell in love with them! There was just something so authentic in their yearning for God in that movie that seemed to come from a real place, that I was deeply, deeply moved and I felt as if the Holy Spirit was saying, "They are marked for Messiah." They have blessed a complete stranger thousands of miles away! I love them deeply and I'll never stop praying for them and their family. And now, after reading these sublime lyrics, Ive been given even more incentive to press in with tears and groanings. I believe

10:52 08May13 Sharon Frankel -
Praying for this young man and for those his music touches, that they would not be satisfied until they meet Jesus!

18:46 09May12 Rob Nelson -
This report is one of the most extraordinary I have ever read. It points so clearly to a time soon when the heartfelt cry of these songwriters are going to get the fulfillment of their wishes. May the Lord indeed answer their prayers in their songs and continue to pour out His Spirit on them.

15:06 10May13 Michael Hill -
G-d inhabits the praises of his people. The Psalms are songs. Solomon wrote his songs. In Yeshua ... the beat goes on. Baruch HaShem

02:04 16May13 David Wright -
What inspiring words, what deep longing. We know that God will answer his heart cry.

Also in this issue of the newsletter:
Daniel Juster: Tel Aviv, Gay Rights and the Boy Scouts
David: Countdown to Combustion
Something Good in Nazereth
Asher Intrater: Triangle of Intimacy