“EL” means “God”. “Elyon” literally means "Most High". When “El” is joined with “Elyon”, this aspect of God's character means “God Most High”. God reigns with authority and in majesty. “I will cry to God Most High,” the psalmist wrote, “who performs on my behalf and rewards me [who brings to pass His purposes for me and surely completes them]” (Psalm 57:2, AMP)! This “God Most High” moves on my behalf, and not only brings about His purpose for my life, but completes what He begins in me.
“El” used in conjunction with “Elyon” first occurs in
Genesis 14:18-22 where Melchizedek, a priest of God and king of Salem
(Jerusalem), blessed Abram after Abram rescued his nephew, Lot, from the
hands of those who had defeated Sodom. “He (Melchizedek) blessed Abram,
saying, 'Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and
earth. And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into
your hand.' Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything” (Genesis
14:19-20, NIV). Abram honors God by giving Melchizedek a tenth of the
spoils he has taken. The King of Sodom is so thankful that Abram has
returned the spoils that were taken that he tells Abram to keep them for
himself. But Abram honors God by refusing to keep what is not his. “El
Elyon” is the creator and the owner of heaven and earth. His is a name
that denotes great and final authority. What is offered to honor God
Most High comes from what He already owns. The issue in giving now
becomes one for which I am responsible. Do I honor His ownership and His
authority with a sold-out heart?
Another occurrence of “El”
together with “Elyon” is found in the book of Psalm. “Whenever God slew
them, they would seek him; they eagerly turned to him again. They
remembered that God was their Rock, that God Most High was their
Redeemer” (Psalm 78:34-35, NIV). It is sad in these two verses that the
Most High Redeemer would be sought after punishment or following
something that drove His people to Him looking for help in time of need.
“El Elyon” is one who delivers and saves. He is one whose authority
should be recognized and majesty honored. “El Elyon” has a purpose in
the lives of those who honor Him. How He longs for us to honor and
worship Him because we love Him, and not because we need something from
God Most High reigns over all the earth in
sovereignty and final authority. Because of His majesty, He deserves my
highest praise and worship. He deserves my consistent love and
respect‒not just when I need something from Him. He deserves my life and
all that I have offered to Him from a grateful heart. I must never
assume to put myself in His place, but I often do when I make my own
decisions without seeking His will. The Most High God is my judge, and
the one who has the authority to forgive me. When I come to Him in
repentance honoring His authority, He delivers and saves me from all
that I have been. He hears my cry, and moves on my behalf. He blesses
and rewards me. God is not only my high and sovereign Rock; He is my
Redeemer, my Savior, and the only One who remains constant and
unchanging. I pray that I always honor and allow Him to bring about His
purpose in my life and to complete the work He has designed for me.
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