Jonathan Edwards reminds us of this in his sermon on Zechariah 4:9. Here he speaks of God’s matchless grace after Adam’s sin and how God is, in himself, sufficient and complete without our praise (emphasis added):

Now who but God of boundless grace, would not have been provoked, after this, to leave [Adam] as he was, in the miserable state into which he had brought himself by his disobedience; resolving to help him no more, leaving him to himself and to the punishment he had deserved, leaving him in the devil’s hands where he had thrown himself, not being contented in the arms of his Creator; who, but one of boundless grace, would ever have entertained any thoughts of finding out a way for his recovery?

God had no manner of need of us, or of our praises. He has enough in himself for himself, and neither needs nor desires any additions of happiness, and if he did need the worship of his creatures, he had thousands and ten-thousands of angels, and if he had not enough, he could create more; or, he could have glorified his justice in man’s eternal destruction and ruin, and have with infinite ease created other beings, more perfect and glorious than man, eternally to sing his praises.

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