El Elyon

Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he 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. The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the people and keep the goods for yourself.” But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “With raised hand I have sworn an oath to the LORD, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, 

Genesis 14:18-22

El Shaddai, El Shaddai,
El-Elyon na Adonai,
Age to age you’re still the same,
By the power of the name.
El Shaddai, El Shaddai,
Erkamka na Adonai,
We will praise and lift you high,
El Shaddai.

El Shaddai, Amy Grant

Those are the lyrics to a song from the 80’s recorded by Amy Grant.  I am learning so much more about what those Hebrew words mean, and I will probably do another blog about more of those words, but I want to focus on the 2nd line.  I definitely did not understand any of this back when it came out, but now … this is so powerful.  El Elyon. 

Remember that El is a reference to God that means strength and power.  Elyon means “strongest”.  So, El Elyon means the strongest of the strong.  There is no being stronger than our God!  It is usually translated as The Most High God.  Only our God is the Most High.  He possesses all, therefore only He can meet all of our needs, material and spiritual!

There are numerous Psalms that refer to this name of God. 

For the LORD Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth.  He subdued nations under us, peoples under our feet.   He chose our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob, whom he loved.

Psalm 47:2-4

They remembered that God was their Rock, that God Most High was their Redeemer.

Psalm 78:35

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” …  If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling,  no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.   For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;  they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 

Psalm 91:1-2, 9-12

For you, LORD, are the Most High over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods.

Psalm 97:9

Those are just a few of the references to El Elyon in the Psalms, but the reference I want to focus on comes in the book of Luke.  Zachariah is speaking to His newborn son:

And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him.

Luke 1:76

Zachariah was referring to Jesus, who would soon be born.  We can put all of our trust in Him, because He is in control of everything. 

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