FROM THE EDITOR

As Israel descended into pre-election turmoil in the dying days of 1998, Prime Minister Netanyahu went up to the Western Wall to pray. Standing head bowed in front of the great stones that buttress Israel's holiest site--the Temple Mount--the premier read Psalms 121 and 122. Then he turned to waiting reporters. "He that keepeth Israel doth neither slumber nor sleep," he said. "These are eternal words. They say more about our situation, and in particular our obligation today, than anything else."

Unsurprisingly, press reports of the event brimmed with derision. Only God knows what went on in Netanyahu's heart as he stood before that ancient wall. The psalms he read may give some indication. Certainly, before Bible-believing Christians are swayed by cynical media coverage, there is something we should not forget:

Long ago, one of Netanyahu's greatest forebears also went up to the Temple Mount to pray. King Solomon called on the Lord to keep His eyes and ears constantly open toward the Mount, the place of which He had said: "My Name shall be there."

"Whatever prayer, whatever supplication is made by anyone, or by all your people Israel, when each one knows the plague of his own heart, and spreads out his hands towards this temple, then hear in heaven your dwelling place, and forgive, and act, and give to everyone according to all his ways whose heart you know (for You, only You, know the hearts of all the sons of men)," Solomon prayed.

Christian Zionists are understandably concerned about which government will come to power in May or June. We can rest assured that He who knows the thoughts of men's hearts also knows the election outcome. We can pray for His will to be done. And we can rally in prayer behind those among Israel's leadership who demonstrate a reverence towards the things of God, and who acknowledge that their nation's security, and their future, is ultimately not in their hands, but in His.


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