Surrounded

The song “Fight My Battles” by Michael W. Smith annoyed me the first several times I heard it. I mean, it’s the same wording over and over and over again.

“This is how I fight my battles…”

“It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by you…”

Then there’s a Groot-like change up to give us the song’s only other line.

“This is how we fight our battles…”

Then one day I rediscovered some scripture that helped me connect with the song in a new way.

“You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.” (Psalm 139:5, NIV)

“Just as Jerusalem is protected by mountains on every side, the Lord protects his people by holding them in his arms now and forever.” (Psalm 125:2, NIV)

“The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever.” (Psalm 121:8, NASB)

The idea of being surrounded by an enemy (trouble, stress, depression, whatever…) is overwhelming. But then I realize that between me and that whatever is God. The Matthew Henry Commentary describes the idea this way.

“Wherever we are, we are under the eye and hand of God.”

These verses brought the song, “How I Fight My Battles,” alive for me. Now, it exists as a soul chant when life gets rough, a repetitious remembrance of these verses and how God promises to exist in my life.

I invite you to grab onto the words too and let them breathe life into your weary soul as you realize that you are surrounded by a Holy God, and He’s fighting for you.

4 thoughts on “Surrounded

  1. Repetition gets to me, especially when there is nothing worth repeating. I confess I am a dunce about this song since I'm not a MWS fan but your use of Scripture does bring truth to light. Thanks Kari. I will remember them the next time I am in a fight.

    • Repetition can be annoying, or it can be extremely helpful. I mean, God repeated a lot of points throughout Scripture. Of course, there was good reason for doing so. Human nature is thick-headed and needs the repetition. Anyway, I'm not exactly a MWS fan either, but the song is on Christian radio a lot. In this case, Scriptures certain made this particular repetition a worthwhile one for me.

  2. My husband kept changing the radio station when this came on because it was so repetitive. I really didn't mind it, but I looked it up on youtube to see if there was a live video. It brought a whole new meaning to the song and I was in full worship mode! You are not in this fight alone! And always remember who the winner is!

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