There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.
Gospel singer Kurt Carr wrote the song, “For Every Mountain.” The refrain declares: “For every mountain You brought me over / For every trial you’ve seen me through / For every blessing / Hallelujah, for this I give You praise.
Abraham understood what it meant to praise and worship God, both in times of trial and in times of abundance. Take a moment to review the reading for today and notice how many times the following description appears: “There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.”
From the beginning of his obedience to the call of God in his life, Abraham had a habit of worship. He built an altar to the Lord in response to God’s promise (12:7). He built an altar to the Lord after he completed a journey in the Promised Land (12:8). After God delivered him from his misguided attempt to find safety in Egypt, Abraham returned to Canaan and called on the name of the Lord (13:4). Finally, as part of his daily life Abraham incorporated worship of God (13:18).
A life of praise and worship doesn’t immunize us to suffering or sin. Abraham still made mistakes, notably his attempt to manipulate Pharaoh rather than to trust God. His loved ones still put themselves in harm’s way, and Lot’s choice to live in Sodom set the stage for spiritual devastation. Abraham still experienced mountains and valleys in his spiritual walk with God. But Abraham’s praise didn’t depend on his circumstances—it depended on the character of God. This God is faithful to His promises, He is always true, and He is always worthy of our worship.
Apply the Word
Do you have a habit of praise and worship like Abraham? You can start today! Regardless of your situation, give Him glory. You might sing or listen to praise songs, or review Psalm 150 and offer each verse to the Lord as your offering of worship. When we cultivate a habit of worship it doesn’t change our circumstances, but it does change our perspective!