Mosie Lister, though not a member of the Lord’s church, used his talents and abilities to write many well-loved songs and hymns. What he is most known for is writing lyrics and music that are relatively well-suited to sing and fit well into quartet or solo style. In 1960, Elvis Presley, the king of Rock and Roll, when he had a brief stint into so-called “gospel music,” recorded two of Mosie Lister’s songs– “Till the Storm Passes Over” and “His Hand in Mine”– the title track which won Elvis his first and only Grammy award.
Today, in the denominational world, Lister’s songs are often performed as dramatic soloistic pieces. Yet, quite honestly, I cannot see how we could sing a song like “Where No One Stands Alone” without voices around us. How can we blend together and raise to God the sacrifice of praise of our lips the way He intended (Eph. 5:19; Heb. 13:15)? It is counter to the song’s message.
Note that “alone” and “loneliness” are two different things. What the song writer is writing here is about the subject of loneliness. As a paradox, we are far more technologically connected than ever before, yet people feel lonelier (more alone) than ever before.
People will tout how many friends they have on social media sites, and yet there is no real connection with people. They feel like no one cares and no one really knows them. This is the mood of the song. Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 4:10, “For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up.”
From this song, I find myself asking, “Where is the place where no one stands alone?” Is it heaven? Is it earth? From the song, it is the place where comfort is given. It is the place where tears are dried. It is the place where hearts are lifted and encouraged. It is the place where the Savior is.
Friends, according to the Bible, the place where no one stands alone is the church! We don’t have to wait till heaven before we never stand alone. We stand together with others here. If you are a “lone ranger” spiritually… STOP (Prov. 18:1)! If you are a Sunday-morning only Christian …STOP (Heb. 10:24-25)! There are blessings you will never know until you purpose to stand with the family of God (Eph. 1:3); a place where you will NEVER stand alone.