We have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16). That means our imaginations have been made holy and are in tune with God and reveal Him. It’s simpler than we think. Imagine God right in front of you and, most of the time, the first thing you see is really Him. We know that we’re off if what we see doesn't align with God’s nature: peaceful, kind, joyful, gentle, nice, etc. (Gal 5:22-23). For me, gaining this revelation was just the gateway to an even greater one.
Seeing God through my sanctified imagination unveiled the beauty and power of worshiping Him. Something clicked when I started seeing God standing right in front of me, giving me His full attention, as I’d gaze in His eyes and sing worship and praise to Him. I felt a new emotion and gained a new knowledge of worship that, until now, I wasn't really able to put into words. Still I don’t know if this will do it.
Singing praises to the face of God evokes a feeling that there is nothing more right in the universe than this person in front of you receiving what you’re giving. I’m not talking about how it feels right because he really deserves praise. He does indeed. The feeling that it evokes is more a feeling of perfection, experiencing a perfect bond, match or relationship—something that would be there regardless of what was done to deserve it.
When things click, line up, or match, it just feels good, it feels right. When an airplane lands flawlessly on the landing strip; when a baseball player’s bat makes perfect contact with the ball—CRACK, out of the park; when a pair of jeans fit like they were designed for your body; when a song couldn't capture your mood better than if it was written for you. These are all just earthly comparisons to a match-up that is a billion times “righter.” Releasing praises to the face of God in front of you feels like an experience of the greatest bond in the universe being fulfilled.
Imagine a war hero more brave, honorable, and self-sacrificing than anyone the world has known. Imagine Him coming home for the first time in twenty years after serving his country and preventing horrible devastation to your family and many others. Matching up the words “thank you” to his ears—along with many other words of praise—feels more necessary, right, and good than matching up any other two things that are meant to be together. Now imagine that you get to be the one to stand face to face with him, release those words, and see them land in His ears, and you experience, right in front of you, the most perfect match-up in the universe coming into fulfillment. Power. Excitement. Satisfaction. Peace. Joy. Life.
A great war hero is hardly a comparison to our God. Especially because God isn't violent, but gentle, happy, and peaceful. And a thousand earthly heroes still could hardly match the goodness of God's toenail. The analogy was just an attempt. The point is that nothing could feel more right and fulfilling than to stand in front of the greatest person in the universe and see them hear how much you love them and thank them for who they are. Just the mere honor of experiencing that perfect bond in front of your face is overwhelming and, if not for God’s grace, so powerful it could blow us to pieces. But it gets even more awe-inspiring.
Now imagine that after the war hero in the analogy hears your praise and lights up with joy and love, he then says the same words back to you, bows in front of you and kisses your feet as if he too feels like there is nothing more right in the universe than to release that to you.
That is our God.
The way God thinks of us with passion, love, and honor, is sometimes so far beyond the way we think of ourselves that we can't comprehend it. So we lower our belief of how God sees us to something we can comprehend or, sadly, something low enough to match our negative views of ourselves so we don't have to feel challenged. And by lowering His views of us, it inevitably lowers our views of Him.
Ask God how He really sees you. Once you've heard something to the degree of honor as in the war hero kissing your feet, you've allowed yourself to hear from God. Then renounce the lies that you believe about yourself and match your self-image to God’s thoughts of you. The best way to make yourself come into alignment with God—mind, body, spirit, soul—is to experience that perfect bond: look at His face in front of you, and let your words of thanks, praise, and love land in his lovely ears.