“I do not no need no help!” These words were belted out by one of my brothers when we were growing up. I don’t remember what he “did not no need no help” with, but I distinctly remember these grammatically incorrect yet funny words! In fact other members of my family and I still like to bring up how he used to say that as a kid (he’s much older now).
With those words, my brother was voicing his feelings of self-sufficiency and independence. He believed, at least on some level that in some cases he didn’t need anything from anybody. The reality is that this attitude of self-sufficiency as revealed in my brothers funny words is typical of not just little kids but of people in general.
We like to think we can do everything. We like to be independent. We think we are self-sufficient. In short, we want to be God. We don’t want to believe that we are accountable to One who is higher than us.
The reality is there is only One who is self-sufficient. There is only One who doesn’t need any help. The LORD doesn’t need anything. That’s part of what makes Him so glorious! He is complete in and of Himself. Nothing can be added to Him.
In Psalm 50, Asaph (the writer of this Psalm) records the following words spoken by God in verses 9-13:
9I will not accept a bull from your house
or goats from your folds.
10For every beast of the forest is mine,
the cattle on a thousand hills.
11(A) I know all the birds of the hills,
and all that moves in the field is mine.
12″If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
(B) for the world and its fullness are mine.
13Do I eat the flesh of bulls
or drink the blood of goats?
In the context, God is trying to get his people to realize that He doesn’t need their sacrifices. He doesn’t lack anything. We can’t add anything to Him that would help him out or enhance Him in any way.
In the book of Acts, chapter 17 in verse 24-25, the apostle Paul says this in reference to the LORD:
24(A) The God who made the world and everything in it, being(B) Lord of heaven and earth,(C) does not live in temples made by man,[a] 25nor is he served by human hands,(D) as though he needed anything, since he himself(E) gives to all mankind(F) life and breath and everything.
The point is, God is the only one in all of the universe who isn’t needy. Everybody else has needs. And chief among all those needs is the need to be reconciled to the God who needs nothing. We all need to be reconciled to God, and the good news is that provision for that has been made in the cross of Jesus Christ.
I’ll close with a question: “What do you give to a God who needs nothing?”
Answer: Your life. A life of thankfulness and worship. He doesn’t need it…but He does deserve it!