"Do You Need Anything?" (Psalms 51:17)

“I’m going to the store. Do you need anything?”

This is a common phrase exchanged between couples several times a week or month. As this phrase ran through my mind, I wondered, does God ever need anything? He has created everything. And although we may think we own our possessions, we are simply taking care of them and should be using them for His glory. The old adage, “You can’t take it with you,” is true.

God does not need anything. But He does desire things from us. And only we can answer His desire.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Psalms 51:17 (ESV)

God desires humility. God desires honesty. God desires a confession and true repentance from our sins. Earlier in the same psalms, the psalmist makes this request of God.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Psalms 51:1 (ESV)

This is God’s answer and desire for us. God doesn’t need anything. We need everything from Him!

Love and trust the Lord. Seek His will in your life.