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Call upon His name

November 28, 2014

1 Chronicles-16 8The Verse of the Day for November 28, 2014 comes from 1 Chronicles 16:8 (KJV):

Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.

In addition to 1 Chronicles 16:8, other verses also remind us to call upon the name of the Lord:

Psalm 105:1

O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.

Romans 10:13 so clearly makes known the results occurring to those who petition the Lord:

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Throughout the Scriptures we see that believers are encouraged to call upon the name of the Lord. Note this invitation extended in Jeremiah 33:2-3 (NIV):

“This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name:

‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

One of the most often quotes passages from Jeremiah relates a promise given by God to Israel in Jeremiah 29:11-13, a passage that applies to Christians today as well:

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Psalm 107 reveals the seemingly never-ending cycle whereby the people of God stray from the pathways of God and find themselves in difficult straights, and as verses, 6, 13, 19, and 28 make known:

Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.

I make reference to God’s response to those who call upon His name in the following poem:

The Strong, the Wise and the Righteous

In times of famine, those who survive

and prosper are the strong,

the wise and the righteous.”

Apostle Eric L. Warren

 

In times of severe famine those who survive are the strong

In mind, those empowered by the Spirit of Might.

Though living in a strange land, they sing the Lord’s song,

Striving to please their God, in whom He takes delight.

During drought and scarcity of food, the wise

Follow wisdom as a hunter pursues his game.

They seek to do all God’s will and not compromise.

God hears every cry when they call upon His name.

The strong right hand of the Lord upholds the righteous ones,

And satisfies the deepest hunger of their soul.

Walking worthy of their calling as faithful sons,

They learn that to run to serve is life’s highest goal.

In times of famine they shall find grace in God’s eyes

And shall be found strong in the Lord, righteous and wise.

Despite the truth that God consistently delivers those who cry out to him, His people too often fall back into trouble whereby they only call upon the Lord in the midst of their struggles. Throughout the Psalms and elsewhere in the Scriptures we see that our faithful God responds to those who call upon Him.

Jim and Ginger Hendricks provide a moving musical exhortation: “Call unto Me”