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A Valentine Devotional for Worshipers

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communion cross picture In the Jewish Temple there was an inner room called the holy of holies. The holy of holies was kept private by a heavy curtain. Only Jewish priests of highest standing were allowed to enter and commune with God behind the veil. But Jesus’ death for us removed the veil from God’s presence. At the exact moment Christ died for each of us, the temple curtain was torn open by a heavenly force. From that moment on, God’s presence is accessible to all, his face forever unveiled. Through faith in Christ we become priests of highest standing. In Jesus we enter the very presence of God.  This is God’s valentine to us!

“Man of sorrows” what a name

For the son of God who came

Ruined sinners to reclaim!

Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Christ in you is the only hope of glory. No program or event, no institution or club, no style or format, can give you his glory. The glory of God flows from the holy of holies right through that torn curtain into our worship, discipleship, and mission. If there is to be eternal glory in this life, it only comes through the risen Christ. His glory is activated by the presence of the Holy Spirit in us and flows back to the Father in a glorious circle. Are you willing to let him take you full circle?

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,

In my place condemned he stood,

Sealed my pardon with his blood;

Hallelujah, what a Savior!

What curtain has veiled God’s glory for you – sin, pride, materialism, self-centeredness…? What curtain is hiding God’s face from you? What curtain has bound his embrace of you? Step through those curtains into a glorious lifestyle of worship-discipleship-mission. Know God’s love and power then live it in your everyday life. That life will be to you a glorious hallelujah!

Guilty, vile, and helpless we;

Spotless Lamb of God was he;

Full atonement, can it be?

Hallelujah, what a Savior!

So what is our Valentine to God? A life of hallelujahs lived in him and for him. May you find that today!  –Mark Powers

NOTE: Please encourage another reader today.  Post a comment and share what God is doing in your life beyond the veil.  MP

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Author: Mark Powers

Director, Worship and Music, South Carolina Baptist Convention, Columbia SC. Author - "GOING FULL CIRCLE: Worship that Moves Us to Discipleship and Missions" - www.GoingFullCircle.org (Resource Publications, Wipf & Stock, Eugene OR, 2013) President, www.WorshipWise.com - Growing Brilliant Worship Leaders . Presenter/Speaker on the MusicArts Mission Movement (M3). To contact MP about presenting or speaking for your conference or training event, e-mail markpowers@scbaptist.org or call 803-227-6166. I would love to come and share how your worship ministries can join God on mission in your community!

One thought on “A Valentine Devotional for Worshipers

  1. Hallelujah, what a Savior!
    Thanks for the reminder to whom our heart belongs.

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