Almost one year since Panai el-Adonai (My Face Toward the Lord), hosted by Yuval Messianic School of Music and Arts and the Fellowship of Israel Related Ministries, an album of the same name is being released with all the songs from the special concert which drew believers together from around the nation.
There is no better time than now, right before the High Holidays, to remember this blessed evening and the meaningful songs for the people of Israel.
The concert was perfectly timed. In the spirit of Yom Kippur, believers from all over Israel and the world came together with songs of praise and prayer to pray for unity among the Body of the Messiah and to inspire unity among all the people of Israel.
The name of the concert was taken from the book of Daniel. The prophet Daniel prayed not only for his people but also with his people, for forgiveness and repentance:
“Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking Him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession […] ‘We have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules.’” Daniel 9:3-5
“The whole idea is to awaken our hearts to repentance: to return to Him, to approach Him, to long for Him – especially now, before Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) and after Rosh Hashana (the Jewish new year); to prepare our hearts for this time, together with the people of Israel and to join us to the current mood of the nation,” Yaron, one of the concert’s musicians, told KNI.
Panai el-Adonai was different from previous concerts. It presented the Messianic faith and believers as inseparable from the Jewish people and showed how the Messianic community thoroughly identifies with Israel’s seasons and culture.
Many of the children, teens, soldiers, men and women in the audience felt that at the concert they prepared their hearts for introspection before God. They were encouraged that God is eternal and His forgiveness and grace are unconditional and limitless. He is always at work.
It is meaningful to be able to approach God on such important days – when all the people of Israel are in prayer and supplication before the Lord – in unity and love.
Musicians led worship singing touching and moving lyrics from Jewish holy and literary sources along with original Messianic hymns based on biblical verses. The fact that believers can sing Jewish songs of supplication together is not to be taken for granted and we thank God for it.
This season as we approach Elul, the Jewish month of repentance and introspection, we invite you to purchase the recording for yourself and your loved ones and to listen to the music. We hope and pray that through these songs many will recognize God’s forgiveness and experience His heart.
To purchase the digital album: yuvalarts.org/worship