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When I was a young Christian in my late teens, I remember a sermon my pastor preached on creation. He asked the congregation, “Why did God create us?” No one responded. He paused, and then answered, “God created us because He needed an object to love.” I thought, “How wonderful. I’m needed by God.” The implications of such a low view of God, however, led to inevitable misery for me. A God who needs is a God who isn’t self-sufficient, lacks something, can become better or worse, etc. A God who needs may or may not be able to create, save sinners, heal the sick, keep His promises, etc. for He may need our help. Any god who needs human help isn’t truly God. Real joy is found in the truth that we need God; not in the lie that He needs us.
God is God without a world (Gen. 1:1; John 1:1-3). Prior to creating, God had perfect fellowship, love, joy, holiness, etc. within Himself among the three Persons of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; Gen. 1:1; John 1:1, 15:26, 16:28, 17:1-8). He is free and in need of nothing (Acts 17:26-27; Heb. 1:2, 10-12, 3:3-4). He created all things and holds all things together (1 Cor. 8:5-6; Col. 1:16-17). Due to His free choice, God created everything for His glory (Rev. 4:11). Since He existed before all things, created all things, and holds all things together, the only correct response from humanity is to worship Him. God is worthy of our worship.