Preparing for the beginning of this new series on the names of God has been more difficult, required more, and meant more than I anticipated. I love the names of God and find it to be an exciting and comforting topic, and believed it would take me very little time to post a blog on any one of His names. As soon as my last blog announcing this new series was posted however, I felt the nudge of the Spirit. “This is My holy name, and My name is at stake. You must not write this in an unholy manner. Take your shoes off, Jodi, you are on holy ground.” From then on, God has searched me and pruned me thought by thought, action by action, motive by motive, to give full glory and honor to His name in holiness and sanctification, excellence and dedication .
My prayer is that His words will be my words. So, my friends, with reverent awe, allow me to help you become acquainted with the One Who commands your world and guards your life – His name is El Elyon.
We find this name approximately 40 times in the Old Testament, most frequently in Psalms, 12 times in Daniel, and 4 times in Genesis, with the first time being in Genesis 14. El Elyon means the God Most High, the Strongest Strong One, Possessor of heaven and earth, Sovereign over all, I AM (Gen.14:19-20).
As I was searching for which name to present first, I became keenly aware that in order to trust and rely in the heart of Abba, our Father, to fully believe that Jehovah Roi sees me in my distress, to truly submit our lives wholly unto Adonai, our Lord and Master, to curl into the lap of Jehovah Shalom our peace, we must know that our God is Sovereign – over all; He is fully supreme, He alone is God. This name, this God, is our basis and foundation for faith in the midst of crisis, the heat of battle, the heartache of life, the testing of trials. Knowledge and understanding of the sovereignty of the God Who’s name is Most High governs the whole of our lives and encourages the fibers of our being, for in El Elyon we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28).
Do you see it?! We serve, we are governed by, we are loved and cared for by the most high God! This is our Beloved, and we are His! He blessed Abram (Gen. 14:20), He enlightened Daniel (Dan 4) , He was David’s hope, rescuer, and deliverer (Ps.18:13), He delivered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Dan. 3:26), and He holds our future and we are upheld by the lovingkindness of our Rock and Redeemer (PS. 21:7; 78:35). He is free from any and all external control, boundaries, influences, or authority.
It is the Strongest Strong One that empowers and enables us to live a life above the stronghold of a life of sin. For if God be for us, who can be against us?! (Rom 8:31).
It is the Sovereign One that enables us to be certain that unseen things are still being held in the righteous, sovereign hand of El Elyon, and allows us to stop resisting and fighting when trouble is permitted into our lives.
Charles Spurgeon noted that “men will allow God to be everywhere except on His throne…for God on His throne is not the God they love.” We don’t often like the God that does as He pleases with His own, without consulting us on the matter. Nevertheless, on the word of the Strongest Strong One, we can trust unwaveringly that His plan is to grow us in faith, maturity, and relationship with Him and not become bitter, rather empowered!
What would our lives look like if we inscribed this name on the tablet of our hearts? What fear would His perfect love cast out? What would we believe is possible if we knew that with El Elyon, nothing is impossible? We can know that we are upheld, guarded, guided, loved, surrounded, covered, and carried by the Most High God! Dear ones, when sorrows like sea billows roll, run into your strong tower, the name of El Elyon, the Most High God, for ,“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty”, for we have made the Lord, our refuge, even the Most High our dwelling place. (Ps 91:1 & 9).
May it seem good to us to declare the signs and wonders which the God Most High has done for us (Dan 4:2). O magnify the LORD the with me, and let us exalt His name together! (Ps 34:3).