If you are someone who struggles with depression, you might appreciate the story of William Cowper who lived in the 1700’s.
Despite being a gifted poet and writer, Cowper struggled with depression so much that he was institutionalized. It was in an asylum that he read the Bible and understood that salvation is found in Christ.
Despite being a Christian, Cowper was never completely free of depression. He struggled with it on some level the rest of his life. Still, through dark valleys, he wrote some of our greatest hymns. It was William Cowper, who wrote There is a Fountain.
There Is A Fountain
1. There is fountain filled with blood
Drawn from Emmanuel’s veins;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood
Lose all their guilty stains.
2. The dying thief rejoiced to see
That fountain in his day;
And there may I, though vile as he,
Wash all my sins away.
And stanza 5:
5. When this poor lisping, stammering tongue
Lies silent in the grave,
Then in a nobler, sweeter song,
I’ll sing Thy pow’r to save.
If you have truly believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, then be sure of this. There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins. All your guilty stain has been washed away. And, there is coming a day very soon when you will battle addiction or depression or pain no more. It will be here very, very soon.