This is How I Fight My Battles

This is a very simple chorus but very powerful in meaning. The song, “Surrounded,” is performed by Michael W. Smith from his latest album by the same title, but it’s written by Ellysa Smith from Upper Room, a worship and prayer ministry based in Dallas, TX. 

Sometimes the simplest songs say the deepest and most meaningful things to us. We really need anthems like this. For we are immersed in a materialist paradigm that has reduced everything in our lives to particles and bits. We’re alone in a world that is blind, meaningless, and without purpose. While it has delivered the technological goods, it has sucked our souls dry, clipped our wings, and imprisoned our hearts. We’re forever chasing shadows, captured by the allure of next new thing…but it never quite delivers on its promises. These are the real illusions.

But just when all seems lost and everything is closing in, a voice rises up from within.

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God. (Psalm 42:5 NIV)

And the world where this voice lives is full of light and hope and joy and love and purpose, and it’s a substantive world we cannot see, yet by it we’re transformed.

By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. (Heb.11:3 *)’

Last time, I talked about consciousness and how what we call the “real world” exists in the “Mind-at-Large” (See “Christ, the Cosmic Mind, and Consciousness“). “Now, as the body is an outside image of our personal obfuscated psyche, the universe at large is an outside image of a collective obfuscated psyche, which I call mind-at-large.” (Kastrup, A Brief Peek Beyond, p. 198)

If this is true, what would we see if we could peer past this “obfuscated” divide? What if, somehow, our eyes were opened to a realm normally invisible to us? Sometimes that actually happens!

14 Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city. 15 And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?”

16 So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:14-17 *)

What if we actually believed the following to be true about us?

Those who trust in the Lord
Are like Mount Zion,
Which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
So the Lord surrounds His people
From this time forth and forever. (Psalm 125:1-2 *)

Look up, have faith, beloved. Because whether we see, or don’t see, we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor.5:7). You are never alone! You can trust the One who holds you in the palm of His hand.

33And everything I’ve taught you is so that the peace which is in me will be in you and will give you great confidence as you rest in me. For in this unbelieving world you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be courageous,  for I have conquered the world!” (John 16:33 TPT)

Surrounded (This Is How I Fight My Battles)
by Elyssa Smith

This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles

It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You

© 2017 UR Creative (BMI) (adm. at All rights reserved. CCLI Song #7098758
* New King James Bible translation.


About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 41 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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20 Responses to This is How I Fight My Battles

  1. Bette Cox says:

    Wonderful, Mel. Definitely needed across the body of Christ this year.

  2. What a beautiful song, thanks Mel.

  3. We do have battles, but are not alone. We get weary in our flesh, but our spirit is renewed in Christ and the Holy Spirit. We have faith despite what we see because as TRUE born-again, renewed in the spirit Christians, we KNOW (not just believe) that the WAR is won already in Christ Jesus!!! Great post, my brother!!! Great post and as Sis Bette says, much needed and especially going into this new year!! God bless continually and abundantly!!!

  4. dawnlizjones says:

    That last Bible verse got me. (nice sigh).

  5. Thank you! I really needed that word of encouragement and song. Please pray for my healing as I place my trust and hope in God. Thank you 🙏🏻

  6. Lance says:

    Looking beyond…it makes sense to our limited thinker but what if what is beyond is discovered by looking through? What if what we seek is in plain view but just behind what our limitations perceive? That’s why I like “surrounded” as a pointer. Looking intently as the light we are pierces the shadows of the illusion we perceive. Thanks Mel.

  7. dawnlizjones says:

    Pastor Wild, I got this song off your site and sent it to our worship leader. We did it today in church and it was fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing it! (Have you seen the Bethel version?)

  8. Carl says:

    I love it! I actually am a member at Upper Room Dallas wherethe song was written. Surrounded was birthed in spontaneous worship as Elyssa was singing God’s heart forthe Church.We’re all overjoyed here in Falls to see how God is using the church here to bless the church everywhere else!

    Great job, Mel! You have a real gift in translating the heart and emotion behind the song into useful words. I especially love the Psalm 125 quote “from this time forth and forever!”

  9. Paul Bradford says:

    I’m confused though. Shouldn’t it be This is how He fights my battle? Maybe it’s because while we say He goes before us and fights on our behalf, we still have to do it here on earth? Maybe I’m answering my own question. I just wonder if someone outside the 4 walls of the church is going get this song…. “This is how I do it.”

  10. Miguel Chung says:

    Well said! Thank you for writing this piece.

  11. Alex Reinhard says:

    Love this! I plan on referencing some of this in church this Sunday! Very Helpful thank you brother!

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