An old spiritual song goes like this,
Jesus walked this lonesome valley.
He had to walk it by Himself;
O, nobody else could walk it for Him,
He had to walk it by Himself.
We must walk this lonesome valley,
We have to walk it by ourselves;
O, nobody else can walk it for us,
We have to walk it by ourselves.
You must go and stand your trial,
You have to stand it by yourself,
O, nobody else can stand it for you,
You have to stand it by yourself.
(Suggestion: For a relaxing effect, click on this link and listen to the music in the background as you read the following. http://cyberhymnal.org/htm/l/o/lonesome.htm)
Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me….
The valley of death can be imagined as a dreary, lonesome place that all of us, like David, have to walk.
Even Jesus, whose ancestry is traced back to David, was rejected to walk his lonesome valley by himself. For, in fact, our own Lord and Saviour was appointed to die for our sins in fulfilment of his Father’s plan to save us so that we may receive eternal life.
We focus our eyes on Jesus whenever we find ourselves in our own lonesome valley. It’s only through him that we can walk it successfully. Our aim is not only to endure it but to overcome it as Jesus did when His heavenly Father raised him from death to immortality. Believers believe that as Jesus was raised to immortal life, so shall they also be raised to immortal life at the coming resurrection when he returns from heaven.
The valley we tread in this present mortal life is illustrative of the cross we take up as we follow Jesus (Matt. 16:24-26). A cross symbolizes suffering. As his disciples, we bear the cross to wear the crown. The crown awaits all those suffering their trials in that lonesome valley as they walk by faith (1 John 5:3-5).
The song says, we must walk that lonesome valley, and like Jesus, walk it by ourselves. Why? Because no other person on earth can walk it for us. Grant it, each of us must stand our own trials by ourselves, but there’s one advantage we have if we are believers in Jesus Christ. And that is, Jesus understands our trials and he knows what it’s like to walk through that lonesome valley. We have his genuine support as well as the abundant life to bless us.
Therefore, though no one can walk it for us, we do have someone to walk it with us. For, as David declared to God, “You are with me.” In essence, we can walk it by ourselves just like Jesus did knowing this: We do have Someone looking out for us who is looking down from heaven to guide and sustain us. He gives us his power to supply us with courage, to uplift us when we’re feeling alone, and to forgive us when we slip now and then in that lonesome valley. Yes, the valley may be lonesome, but we don’t have to be.
Good News to you!