The Names of God (Elyon)
“(18) And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. (19) And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: (20) And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all. (21) And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself. (22) And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,” (Gen. 14:18-22)
A closer look:
Most High God – Elyon (literally, God most high) signifies His exalted and supreme position.
It is the occasion of the meeting between Abram and Melchizedek that we find for the first time the name “the Most High God.” His name “Most High God” suggests His supremacy over all. He is the highest, the exalted or supreme one. Angels and demons refer to God as the “Highest” or the “Most High” (Lk. 2:14; Mk. 5:7). Our prayers ought to immediately draw our mind and heart to recognize that God is the Most High (Ps. 7:17; 83:18; Matt. 6:9). He is supreme, not us. His will is the main thing, not ours. His name “Elyon” suggests two things:
1. His habitation is above all. (Deut. 26:15; Isa. 57:15; Psalm 83:18)
2. His position is superior and sovereign over all.