El Elyon: The Most High God – Possessor of Heaven and Earth

COVID-19 has revealed many different things to all of us. For some it has brought new appreciation for family time, for others it has been a jumpstart to reach goals physically or professionally. But maybe, some of you, like me have also sensed a new and more profound need for peace in this chaotic world. Daily news headlines are dramatically proclaiming doom and despair over our nation and our future and for many of us, it's becoming increasingly difficult to focus on the promises of God. We long to feel Him near and see Him at work and if we’re honest there are days we don’t see the evidence of His hand in our lives the way our hearts desire to.

As we move into installment six, I want to remind you of Proverbs 18:10, the verse we meditated on together the first week of this series, “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” In response to the uncertainty and challenges you are facing will you choose to once again run into the strong tower of His presence with me this week as we study His name El Elyon? Remember, the more we know Him the more we can trust Him with everything we face today and our hopes for tomorrow. Only when we are focused on Him, giving Him all of our attention will we truly find His peace and enter into His rest!

El Elyon is the Sovereign God in whom we can put our complete trust. He has absolute supremacy over all false gods and He is greater than anything that will ever come against you. The prefix El comes from Elohim, “strong creator.” Elyon is “highest” or “most” – it denotes the superlative degree as in high, higher, and highest. Elyon means that the Lord is “God of gods” or the “ultimate God.” This is the Great Name at which the powers of darkness tremble.

El Elyon being The Most High God denotes the presence of “lesser gods” that are often worshipped in our lives. My prayer for all of us this week is that we will identify and renounce anything that takes our eyes and attention from worshipping our God and finding our peace, rest and safety in Him alone. May we know Him and trust Him more by running into the strong tower of His Powerful Name El Elyon!

His Name El Elyon Reveals His Power Over The Enemy:

Isaiah 14:12-15 How you are fallen from heaven, O shining star, son of the morning! You have been thrown down to the earth, you who destroyed the nations of the world. For you said to yourself, 'I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God's stars. I will preside on the mountain of the gods far away in the north. I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High.' But instead, you will be brought down to the place of the dead, down to its lowest depths.

In the verses preceding this passage (Isaiah 14:1-3) God makes some powerful promises to His people. He tells them He is going to bring them home from their captivity, make them rulers over their enemy and give them rest from sorrow, fear, slavery and their chains. He is promising them His peace and safety from all threats against them! Now, in verses 12-14 the King of Babylon is prefigured as our enemy and his demise is promised in the presence of El Elyon!

Rest assured that your enemy still knows God’s name, El Elyon, and is terrified of it. Your enemy recognizes that you serve the God of Isaiah 14 who has already defeated him. El Elyon is far more powerful than any weapon formed against you. Your enemy knows that he has no authority over you when you are focused on and claiming this powerful name.

Today, I encourage you to read all of Isaiah chapter 14 and give your attention to the power of El Elyon in your life. Claim His authority and protection over your life and thank Him in advance for being your safe place and your strong tower of defense. Praise Elyon for His absolute sovereignty and power over our world and your life. Reject any fear or anxiousness you may be fighting and claim El Elyon’s promise to defeat any weapon the enemy has formed against you (Isaiah 54:17).