Genesis 13:4 - And there Abram called upon the name of the Lord.

Many people have great names that are well-respected but we don’t call upon their name. We reference their name but only call upon people we know.

And to the degree we know the person to be excellent, our hearts well up with all kinds of emotion.

Abram was experiencing God doing great things. After returning from Egypt, he was finally back home - in the land promised to him - his “kingdom.”

Those who follow Christ, too, have been brought to a place:

Hebrews 12:28 - Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe

When our hearts are cold and our minds dull, worship is simply form - words and music notes - awkward, boring, lifeless, even annoying.

The Psalmist cries to God to be shaken - that his soul would truly call upon the name of the Lord. That music would be energized with truth and belief, not form:

Psalm 57:8 - Awake, my soul! Awake, O harp and lyre!

Animate us, O God above the heavens! Come let us understand your glory and kingdom! Teach us how to call upon you!