Spurgeon on Depression

I am reading a book called Bright Days, Dark Nights on depression which deals with depression from the point of view of the life and writings of Charles Spurgeon. I have only started reading it and have already been impressed with the insights of the author, Elizabeth Skoglund.

Spurgeon struggled mightily with depression. He said:

I am the subject of depressions of spirit so fearful that I hope none of you ever get to such extremes of wretchedness as I go to, but I always get back again by this–I know I trust Christ. I have no reliance but in him, and if he falls I shall fall with him, but if he does not, I shall not. Because he lives, I shall live also, and I spring to my legs again and fight with my depressions of spirit and my downcastings, and get the victory through it; and so may you do, and so you must, for there is no other way of escaping from it. In your most depressed seasons you are to get joy and peace through believing…Do stick to this, dear friends, ‘Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.’

I find the simple fact that Christians can admit to depression to be encouraging. As I mentioned in my post on joy, the ‘right up, right downright happy all the time’ type of Christianity sickens me. The veneer that everything is alright when things are really a grind and a bore is not helping anyone. I thank God for honest Christians and for the Psalms.

4 thoughts on “Spurgeon on Depression”

  1. Thank God for Charles Spurgeon!

    Another famous Christian that suffered with depression was William Cowper.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Cowper

    It has never been something I have experienced to any great degree. One of my theories is those with unusually bright minds may be more prone to depression. Since I am somewhat of a dullard that would explain why I am rarely depressed!

  2. I didn’t realize Cowper was like that. Alexander Cruden, the man who made Cruden’s Concordance, was sort of insane as well. A book came out about him a couple years ago that I would like to read.

  3. Calvin on the Psalms: “I have been accustomed to call this book, I think not inappropriately, ‘An Anatomy of all the Parts of the Soul’, for there is not an emotion of which any one can be conscious that is not here represented as in a mirror. Or rather, the Holy Spirit has here drawn to the life all the griefs, sorrows, fears, doubts, hopes, cares, perplexities, in short, all the distracting emotions with which the minds of men are wont to be agitated.”

    I am not a Calvin fan, but I thought this was worth repeating.

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