Behind The Hymn: There Is A Fountain feat. David Gentiles

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/119894368" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /] There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood is a hymn that I first encountered when my family and I moved from the Village church in Flower Mound, Texas to Woodlands Point Community Church in The Woodlands, Texas. We were making the move to be closer to family, and finding a new church can be tough. But, we found Woodlands Point Community Church because its pastor, Jason Johnson, was an ACTS29 pastor. So we knew that we would align theologically in a lot of ways, and it really was a good fit for our family. It turns out, as it were, that the worship leader at Woodlands Point was David Gentiles.

david-gentilesI'm convinced that everyone knows who David Gentiles is. At least it seems that way. He is a very talented and gifted worship leader, and he loves the Lord and loves leading God's people in worship through song each week. David and I spent some time at DBU together but we only knew each other from a far then. So David's presence at that church made us feel even more comfortable with the transition.

This hymn, There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood, is the only hymn on the record that was donated to the project. All the other hymns we crafted ourselves, but this one was donated by David G. I started playing bass with David periodically at the church, and when I told him about this idea of creating a free project that would connect people to Selena's story, he loved it. He said he'd love to be a part. We started talking songs and I told him I really loved his version of THERE IS A FOUNTAIN FILLED WITH BLOOD with the new chorus that he added. He agreed, and it seemed like it was good fit for the record. So we put on the schedule.

William Cowper, a very gifted hymn writer, wrote this hymn in 1772. Many of us know that Cowper struggled deeply with sin, contemplating and attempting suicide multiple times. But his life makes the message of this hymn clear,

"There is a fountain filled with blood, flowing from Emmanuel's veins, And sinners plunged beneath that flood, lose all their guilty stains."

What Cowper is teaching us is that in Christ the sin that we were born in and lived in, the sin that stains so deep you can't clean it off, that sin...is removed. There are no stains that remain that can condemn us as guilty. Romans 8 teaches us that it is Christ who died for us and that there is no one else left to condemn us. That is amazing!

I love hymns that use words that we do not use regularly in our modern language. In the second verse Cowper writes,

"The dying thief rejoiced to see that fountain in his day, and there may I, though vile as he, wash all my sins away."

I can't remember the last time I used the word 'vile,' but that is a great word. It reminds me that I'm not just a 'bad' guy or 'not as good as I could be,' but I am VILE! In my sin, I am VILE! But look at the next line, 'wash all my sins away.' In the book of Jeremiah, the prophet is speaking for the Lord towards Israel when he says, "though you wash yourself with lye and use much soap, the stain of your guilt is still before me." Because we are vile, we are stained with a stain that cannot be washed away by our own efforts. And it gets worse. The apostle Paul calls himself the chief of all sinners, or the foremost. The good news that Jesus can take away our stains is only good news because the bad news is really bad. So what Cowper and Paul are both teaching us is that in Christ we are made new. Our sin wrought stains have been cleansed by the blood of the new covenant.

This is a great song to get excited about. That's why the chorus that David Gentiles added fits so well. We all explode in praise with

"Hallelujah, Hallelujah, I am washed in the blood of Christ..."

I hope you all really enjoy this hymn. David Gentiles and his wife have been solid friends to me and my family since we made our move. Please check out his other music on Noisetrade and his website at http://www.davidgentiles.net/

Also, I want to plug Tim Strandquist who I met also at Woodlands Point. He is a very talented violinist and he recorded on this hymn as well. Listen to how he brings in the verse melody back in to the last chorus. Genius! It sounds so good.

David also performed a live version of this hymn that you can listen to here. It was recorded by Spotlight Music with Aaron Walker.

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