Genesis 12:8 And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the Lord, and called upon the name of the Lord.
Again Abraham acknowledges his relationship with the Lord. He realizes that all the land belongs to the Lord and again he “called upon the name of the Lord.” Again we see worship taking place.
This is the “heart of worship” and the heart of meeting with the Father. It is calling on Him out of our sense of dependence and putting our trust in Him as our deliverer and provider. The act of “calling out to the Lord” is the true mark of those who have learn to trust and follow God no matter where He leads.
The ability of Abraham to quickly follow the Lord was due to the fact that he “pitched tents” and “built altars,” instead of “pitching altars” and “building houses.” Today we want the American dream of owning a house. Through this we may have developed the attitude that the house is our permanent security and the altar is the temporary place once a week down at the church. But our Father Abraham, whose seed we come from, knew that the house is the temporary structure, and the altar is the permanent security.
We all start out our Christian life the same by “calling upon the name of the Lord.” This is what makes us “believers.” But it does not stop there, because we continue our Christian life “calling upon the name of the Lord” as we follow Him.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
2 Tim. 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSI Ministry, RSI School of Ministry, and RSI Publishing L.L.C..