6 You alone are the Lord; You have made heaven, The heaven of heavens, with all their host, The earth and everything on it, The seas and all that is in them, And You preserve them all. The host of heaven worships You.
7 “You are the Lord God, Who chose Abram, And brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans, And gave him the name Abraham;
8 You found his heart faithful before You, And made a covenant with him To give the land of the Canaanites, The Hittites, the Amorites, The Perizzites, the Jebusites, And the Girgashites— To give it to his descendants. You have performed Your words, For You are righteous.
In order for Abram to go to a new place in his walk with the Lord he needed to go to a new level of intimacy with the King of Kings. For Him it was the physical action of circumcision that represented a huge spiritual leap for Abram. One that was so big it led to a new name, Abraham. His name changed from Abram, which means 'exalted father' to Abraham, which means 'Father of many Nations'. God had promised Abraham that he would be the father of nations, his descendants would be like the stars. He was on a journey that needed new levels of commitment.
God had made a covenant with Abram, which he re-affirms in Genesis 17:1 - "I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless. I will confirm my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers."
A covenant requires a level of commitment from both parties. For Abram it was a new challenge to walk before God and be blameless, which was applied by the act of circumcision that was applicable to the times of the old testament.
Abram had to put to death something in his life that was preventing him from moving to a new more intimate place with the Lord. God wants more of YOU. Take some time to think about what could be holding you back from a more intimate relationship with your heavenly Father. What do you need to put to death in your life today to be released into a new fresh place in your walk with Jesus.