The Lord Is Not in Need
DescriptionA hymn on the self-sufficiency of God from the series of hymns titled “The Lord Is”
LyricsThe Lord is not in need of man, for He is self-sufficient;
Within the Godhead, Three in One, He finds complete contentment.
He does not need to ask
For help in any task;
He owns what He has made
And has no debt to pay.
To Him belongs all glory.
The Lord has met our ev’ry need through His own strength abundant
By sending Christ in poverty to die a humble servant;
What should have been our loss
He bore upon the cross,
And rising from the grave
Revealed His pow’r to save
That we might know His fullness.
The Lord will be my constant help in ev’ry situation;
He will supply my ev’ry need in peace or tribulation.
In weakness I will see
God’s grace abundantly;
A servant I will be
Through Christ who strengthens me.
The Lord is all-sufficient.
Scripture ReferencesReference format: A.B.C where A = Hymn number, B = Stanza number, C = Line number
4.1.1 Acts 17:24-25 “The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.”
4.1.2 John 16:14-15 “[This Spirit] will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” John 17:5 “Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.”
4.1.3-4 Isaiah 40:13 “Who has measured the Spirit of the LORD, or what man shows him his counsel?”
4.1.5 Psalm 50:12 “The world and its fullness are mine.”
4.1.6 Job 41:11 “Who has first given to me [the LORD], that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine.”
4.1.7 Revelation 4:11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
4.2.1a Philippians 4:19 “God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
4.2.1b Psalm 68:10 “In your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy”
4.2.2 Isaiah 53:2-3 “[Jesus] had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”
4.2.3-4 Philippians 2:6-8 “Though [Jesus] was in the form of God, [He] did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
4.2.5-6 Colossians 2:13-14 “God made [us] alive together with [Jesus], having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.” 1 Peter 2:24 “[Jesus] bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”
4.2.7 Ephesians 3:19 “[I pray that you might] know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” John 10:10 “I [Jesus] came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
4.3.1 Psalm 40:17 “As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!”
4.3.2a Philippians 4:19 “God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
4.3.2b Philippians 4:12-13 “In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through [Christ] who strengthens me.”
4.3.3-4 1 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
4.3.5 Philippians 2:5-7 “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.”
4.3.6 Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through [Christ] who strengthens me.”