“There’ll Be No Dark Valley”

"THERE’LL BE NO DARK VALLEY"
"For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout…and the dead in Christ shall rise first" (1 Thess. 4:16)

     INTRO.: A gospel song which looks to Christ and the time when He shall descend from heaven with a shout to raise the dead is "There’ll Be No Dark Valley." The text was written by William Orcutt Cushing (1823-1902). A minister with the Disciples of Christ, Cushing produced several other well known songs, such as "I Will Follow Jesus," "Hiding in Thee," "Under His Wings," and "When He Cometh." The arrangement of "There’ll Be No Dark Valley" was made and the tune (Dark Valley) was composed both by Ira David Sankey (1840-1908). The song was copyrighted in 1896, and the song became famous after being published in the 1903 edition of Sankey’s Sacred Songs and Solos. The copyright was renewed in 1924 by Hope Publishing Co., Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, it appeared in the 1966 Christian Hymns No. 3 edited by L. O. Sanderson; and the 1978 Hymns of Praise edited by Reuel Lemmons.

     The song expresses several Biblical thoughts regarding the second coming of Christ.

I. Stanza 1 says that there will be no dark valley
"There’ll be no dark valley when Jesus comes,
There’ll be no dark valley when Jesus comes,
But the dead will rally when Jesus comes
To gather His loved ones home."
 A. We must all walk through the valley of the shadow of death: Ps. 23:4
 B. However, there will be no dark valley when Jesus comes because He will take us to a place where He Himself will be the light: Rev. 22:5
 C. Before we are taken to this place of light, the dead will rally or be raised at Christ’s coming: 1 Cor. 15:52 ("But the dead will rally" may have been added by L. O. Sanderson; all other books that I have seen simply repeat the first two lines, "There’ll be no dark valley," for the third line)

II. Stanza 2 says that there will be no more sorrow
"There’ll be no more sorrow when Jesus comes,
There’ll be no more sorrow when Jesus comes,
But a glorious morrow when Jesus comes
To gather His loved ones home."
 A. We must all experience our share of sorrow in this short life: Ps. 90:10
 B. However, there will be no more sorrow when Jesus comes because He will take us to a place where sorrow shall be done away: Rev. 21:4
 C. Rather, there will be a glorious morrow because the glory of God will illuminate that place: Rev. 21:23

III. Stanza 3 says that there will be no more weeping
"There’ll be no more weeping when Jesus comes,
There’ll be no more weeping when Jesus comes,
But a blessed reaping when Jesus comes
To gather His loved ones home."
 A. We must all go through our times of weeping while living on this earth: Ps. 30:5
 B. However, there will be no more weeping when Jesus comes because He will take us to a place where all that causes weeping will not be allowed: Rev. 21:27
 C. Instead, there will be a blessed reaping in which the righteous will shine forth as the sun: Matt. 13:37-43

IV. Stanza 4 says that there will be songs of greeting
"There’ll be songs of greeting when Jesus comes,
There’ll be songs of greeting when Jesus comes,
And a joyful meeting when Jesus comes
To gather His loved ones home."
 A. We must all say goodby to those whom we love in this world because it is appointed for each one to die: Heb. 9:27
 B. However, there will be songs of greeting when Jesus comes because He will take us to a place where all who have done God’s commandments will have the right to enter: Rev. 22:14
 C. Then, we shall join with the angels and the saints of all ages to sing praises to God around the eternal throne: Rev. 7:9-12

     CONCL.: The chorus re-emphasizes the fact that Jesus will come to gather His loved ones home
"To gather His loved ones home,
To gather His loved ones home,
There’ll be no dark valley when Jesus comes
To gather His loved ones home."
We do not know what the future will bring to our lives here upon this earth. But by faith we can know what the future will bring to the righteous when this life is over. We will have our days of darkness, sorrow, weeping, and sadness in this world. But when Jesus comes again, we are assured that "There’ll Be No Dark Valley."

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