Calling Upon the Name of the Lord

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Calling upon God as an act of worship

By those who depend upon him and proclaim his name

Genesis 4:26 ESV
To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the LORD.
See also Ge 12:8; Ge 26:25; 1 Ch 16:8; Ps 86:5; Ps 116:2; Ps 116:17; Job 27:10; 2 Ti 2:22
Genesis 12:8 ESV
From there he moved to the hill country on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. And there he built an altar to the LORD and called upon the name of the LORD.
Genesis 26:25 ESV
So he built an altar there and called upon the name of the LORD and pitched his tent there. And there Isaac’s servants dug a well.
1 Chronicles 16:8 ESV
Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!
Psalm 86:5 ESV
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
Psalm 116:2 ESV
Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
Psalm 116:17 ESV
I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD.
Job 27:10 ESV
Will he take delight in the Almighty? Will he call upon God at all times?
2 Timothy 2:22 ESV
So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

Those who do not acknowledge God or call upon his name

Ps 14:4; Ps 79:6; Is 65:1; Je 10:25; Zep 3:9
Psalm 14:4 ESV
Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers who eat up my people as they eat bread and do not call upon the LORD?
Psalm 79:6 ESV
Pour out your anger on the nations that do not know you, and on the kingdoms that do not call upon your name!
Isaiah 65:1 ESV
I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me; I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, “Here I am, here I am,” to a nation that was not called by my name.
Jeremiah 10:25 ESV
Pour out your wrath on the nations that know you not, and on the peoples that call not on your name, for they have devoured Jacob; they have devoured him and consumed him, and have laid waste his habitation.
Zephaniah 3:9 ESV
“For at that time I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech, that all of them may call upon the name of the LORD and serve him with one accord.

Calling upon God in time of need

Ps 50:15; La 3:55
Psalm 50:15 ESV
and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”
Lamentations 3:55 ESV
“I called on your name, O LORD, from the depths of the pit;
See also 1 Sa 12:17–18; 2 Sa 22:4; 1 Ki 18:24; 2 Ki 5:11; Job 19:7; Ps 4:1; Ps 17:6–9; Ps 18:6; Ps 27:7–12; Ps 28:1–2; Ps 55:16; Ps 86:3; Ps 86:7; Ps 91:15; Ps 120:1; Pr 1:28; Is 58:9; Is 65:24; Je 11:14; Je 33:3; Joe 1:19; Hab 1:2; Zec 13:9

Calling upon God for his salvation

Acts 2:21 ESV
And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
See also Joe 2:32; Ro 10:12–14

Calling upon God was part of the priestly function of intercession

Psalm 99:6 ESV
Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel also was among those who called upon his name. They called to the LORD, and he answered them.
See also Ex 17:11; Ex 32:31–32; Nu 21:7; 1 Sa 12:19; 1 Sa 12:23; Je 15:1

Examples of those who called upon God


Genesis 13:4 ESV
to the place where he had made an altar at the first. And there Abram called upon the name of the LORD.


Ex 17:10–13; Ex 17:15; Ex 32:11–13; Ex 32:30; Nu 14:13–19; Dt 9:26–29
Exodus 32:11–13 ESV
But Moses implored the LORD his God and said, “O LORD, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, ‘With evil intent did he bring them out, to kill them in the mountains and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your burning anger and relent from this disaster against your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, to whom you swore by your own self, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your offspring, and they shall inherit it forever.’ ”


1 Samuel 7:5–9 ESV
Then Samuel said, “Gather all Israel at Mizpah, and I will pray to the LORD for you.” So they gathered at Mizpah and drew water and poured it out before the LORD and fasted on that day and said there, “We have sinned against the LORD.” And Samuel judged the people of Israel at Mizpah. Now when the Philistines heard that the people of Israel had gathered at Mizpah, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the people of Israel heard of it, they were afraid of the Philistines. And the people of Israel said to Samuel, “Do not cease to cry out to the LORD our God for us, that he may save us from the hand of the Philistines.” So Samuel took a nursing lamb and offered it as a whole burnt offering to the LORD. And Samuel cried out to the LORD for Israel, and the LORD answered him.


1 Kings 18:36–37 ESV
And at the time of the offering of the oblation, Elijah the prophet came near and said, “O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word. Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.”


Jon 2:2; Jon 2:7
Jonah 2:2 ESV
saying, “I called out to the LORD, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice.


Acts 7:59–60 ESV
And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
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