SPECIAL TOPIC: CALL ON HIS NAME

This phrase implies participation in a worship setting (BDB 894, KB 1128, cf. Gen. 4:26; 12:8; 21:33; 26:25; Exod. 34:5; Isa. 12:4; Joel 2:32; Acts 2:21; 7:59; 22:16; Rom. 10:9-13; also note Ps. 50:15; Isa. 55:6; Jer. 33:3). The name would represent His person, His character! By calling on Him we acknowledge our need for Him and our desire to be like Him and pleasing to Him. This phrase denotes a desire for fellowship (cf. Isa. 43:1; 45:3,4)!

The NIDOTTE, vol. 4, p. 150, has a good list related to YHWH's name.

1. it can be praised, Joel 2:26

2. it can be loved, Ps. 5:11

3. it can be declared, Ps. 22:22

4. it can be feared, Mal. 4:2

5. it can be waited on, Ps. 52:9

6. it can be proclaimed, Isa. 12:4

7. it can be walked on, Mic. 4:5

8. it can be blasphemed, Isa. 52:5

9. it can be polluted, Jer. 34:16

10. it can be profaned, Ezek. 36:21-23

God's people can reflect Him positively or negatively, but we do reflect Him (cf. Matt. 5:13-16)!

See Special  Topic: What Does It Mean to "Receive," "Believe," "Confess/Profess," and "Call Upon"?

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