What does El Elyon Mean?
El Elyon is often translated as “the Most High God or Exalted One”. The word “Elyon” itself comes from a root word that means “to ascend”. It emphasizes that G-d is the highest in every realm of life; and expresses the truth the L-rd is the Resurrected One who overcame all the powers of hell and utterly vanquished death’s power. Therefore, Elyon is a name for the L-rd our G-d Yeshua (Jesus Christ).
El Elyon first appears in the book of Genesis regarding the timeless king and priest of Zion, Melchizedek King of Salem, who served bread and wine to our patriarch Abraham. (Genesis 14:17-20) This is a foreshowing of the sacraments later used to remember our redemption. (1 Corinthians 10:23-25) Melchizedek is a theophany or revelation of the Jesus Christ before He emptied himself and made his descent to this world. (Philippians 2:7; Hebrews 7:3)
Jesus Christ is the Son of the Most High. He is our great King of Kings and High Priest of the New Covenant, which restores the kingship and priesthood back to G-d Himself. (Hebrews 7:12). The Holy Spirit is the power of the Most High. All who belong to Jesus Christ are sons and daughters of the Most High, the creator and sustainer of the universe. When we praise the Most High we are worshipping the One whose power, mercy and sovereignty cannot be matched.
The sages say that Moses wrote Psalm 91 as he dwelt in the secret place of the Most High G-d, in the “midst of the dark cloud” (Exodus 24:18), a place of sacred and holy concealment. One who abides in the secret of El Elyon dwells in an ascended place of rest. In other words, we are lifted above the madness of this fallen world. The Hebrew word means lodge or to sleep connecting it to death and resurrection. By dwelling in the death and resurrection of Jesus, G-d shields you with His presence.
G-d hides himself in the world (Isaiah 45:15), but dwells with the lowly and broken hearted (Isaiah 57:15). Therefore, we must humbly seek Him to enter into His Holy place. He is high above. He is our El Shaddi (sustainer, provider, refuge, and home). Let us cower beneath him for comfort and safety. (Psalm 91:4) When we abide in the truth that G-d’s presence provides all things at all times, we become set apart, a peculiar people. (1 Peter 2:9)
There is a door that leads to the realm of the Divine Presence of El Elyon. This door is Jesus Christ and the door knob is prayer. At any given moment of the day, regardless of our circumstances, we can “boldly go before the Throne of Grace.” (Hebrews 4:16) The world does not understand this heavenly, perfect realm, as it has been deceived by the Adversary. Jesus tells us that we have been given the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but they [the world] have not. (Matthew 13:11) We have been told that we should “enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you…” (Isaiah 26:20) Therefore, when we enter His presence through prayer – in the secret parts of our heart “our prayer closet” – we appeal to His Hidden Presence to be manifest in the midst of our circumstance.
We are secure as children of El Elyon because of Jesus. He bore our sins and willingly took our punishment upon the cross. He shed His blood for us. He conquered the principalities of darkness and ascended to Heaven. He is the way to the truth that sets us free. It is because of Him that we have access to El Elyon.
This is our promise in Scripture that no matter what problems you face, G-d is higher than it. No difficulty or problem is beyond His reach. We can take refuge in El Elyon daily by praying, repenting, obeying and believing. If we practice these habits we will always stay close to him and know the rest and peace that comes from living in the shadow of the G-d for whom NOTHING is impossible.
Suggested Scripture Readings:
- Genesis 14 – Abraham Rescues Lot and is Blessed by Melchizedek
- Daniel 3:8-30 – The Fiery Furnace
- Daniel 4:28-37 – Nebuchadnezzar’s Humiliation and Restoration
- Psalm 57 – Let Your Glory Be Over All the Earth
- Isaiah 2:6-10 – The Day of the L-rd
- Isaiah 55:8-9 – The Compassion of the L-rd
- Psalm 7 – In You Do I Take Refuge
- Psalm 91 – My Refuge and My Fortress
- Psalm 92:1-3 – How Great are Your Works
- Psalm 97 – The L-rd Reigns
- Psalm 107 – Let the Redeemed of the L-rd Say So
- Luke 6:20-23 – The Beatitudes
- Luke 6:27-36 – Love Your Enemies
- Acts 1:1-11 – The Promise of the Holy Spirit
- Hebrews 1 – The Supremacy of G-d’s Son
Let’s Pray to El Elyon…
El Elyon, you are the Most High. You are the creator and sustainer of the universe who rules over all. You, through your mercy, chose Israel through whom You would bless the entire world.
El Elyon, I will not fear the things that come my way because I know that you shield your children from recompense through the shed blood of your Son, Jesus Christ. He conquered the principalities of darkness and ascended to Heaven. He is the way to the truth that sets us free. I thank you for Him because now we have access to you.
El Elyon, thank you for your Holy Word, the Scriptures. It is the means by which we come to know you as our Abba, our Father, and learned of your love for us.
El Elyon, shelter me in your shadow. Protect me from the evils of the world. Be my refuge and my fortress. You are the one in whom I trust securely. Draw me closer to you each day by deepening my faith.
El Elyon, I know that no matter what problems we face that there is no difficulty or problem that is beyond your reach. Thank you for hearing the pleas of your children.
El Elyon, I thank you that you are like the heavens and are higher than the earth for your ways are higher than mine. Allow my life to reflect your love for all people. Allow me to be your hands and feet here on earth.
El Elyon, grant me the wisdom and strength to train the children in Your Ways. Allow us to teach the next generation to be upright, steadfast in faith, and bold for You.
It is in your Son’s Name, Jesus Christ that I pray. Amen.
I hope this was a blessing to you,
Sources: Hebrew4Christians, Praying the Names of God by Ann Spangler, My Redeemer Lives