Christianity 201

June 2, 2014

Why Does God Require Our Worship?

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It’s been a couple of years since we last connected with Jim Greer at the blog, Not for Itching Ears. This post appeared recently there under the title, God Doesn’t Need Our Worship…We Need It.








That’s how much our worship of God adds to God.  Our “worship” doesn’t enhance Him and our lack of worship doesn’t take anything away from Him.  Put another way, God doesn’t need our worship.  In fact God doesn’t need anything from us:  our money, our time, our dedication, our service.

Theologians refer to this as God’s Independence:

“God does not need us or the rest of creation for anything, yet we and the rest of creation can glorify him and bring him joy.”  Grudem, Systematic Theology.

The New Testament states it this way:

24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.  Acts 17:24-25

Is God An Egomaniac?

Think about this:  If God does not need our worship, why does he require that we worship him and him alone?

Is it because he is the ultimate egomaniac?

Is it because he loves to hear the sound of his own name on the lips of his adoring fans?

No.  When we look at God’s acts in history that is not the picture we see.  It must be something else.

We All Worship Something

Humans are pretty predictable.  We are the ultimate evaluators.  We evaluate everything in life and prioritize them according to what we think is best.  For example, I highly value guitars.  But I value my wife and children more.  There is really no comparison; I rank family higher in importance.  What do I value more than family?  Whatever the answer to that questions is, I may value something even more than that.  I can keep going up the ladder of importance until I finally reach that one thing  I esteem more than anything or anyone else.

Whatever that thing or person is, that is what we worship.  We all worship someone or something, even if it is ourselves!

God Doesn’t Need Our Worship…We Need It!

I submit to you that God doesn’t need our worship; we need the worship we offer him.  I think that is why God demands our devotion.  There is no other thing or being more worthy of our ultimate devotion than Him.  It has been said that we become like that which we worship.  God, in his mercy, created us to become like him.  If that is going to happen, then we must actively place him at the top of our Top Ten List of Things I Value The Most.

Looking at worship this way means leads us to conclude that worship, though directed at God, is truly meant to serve humanity.

We are to worship God, not ourselves.

But God demands our worship, NOT for himself but for the good of his people.

At least, that’s the way I see it.

On a side note, that is one of the reasons I am so passionate and often critical about corporate worship.  It has the potential to truly shape us, but we often squander those opportunities because we don’t understand what worship is and why God demands it of us.



  1. Proof of the pudding: whenever we feel ‘down’ or upset or concerned about things and turn to worshipping and praising God, we feel soooooooooo much better. Our concerns are minimised and our peace and joy in the Lord is restored.

    Comment by meetingintheclouds — June 4, 2014 @ 12:38 am | Reply

  2. I have very similar thoughts on prayer. The Bible says he already knows what we needs, and that there are times when we don’t even know how to pray. Prayer is about putting ourselves in the right position. Bowing the head or bending the knee shows humility. Asking God for anything is an admission that he can do things we cannot. Consider the Pharisee and the tax collector praying in the temple. “God have mercy on me a sinner” is a prayer offered from a contrite heart and one God will answer. The Pharisee merely praised his own accolades, which may be impressive to others but never to God.

    Comment by Clark Bunch — June 4, 2014 @ 2:53 pm | Reply

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