‘I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me.’ The first meaning of this line is that God is abandoned in his work for Salvation. People simply forgot about Him and live indifferently to his causes.
The second meaning can be a call to Christians. They have to reignite ‘the spark of discipleship’ within themselves. This ‘spark’ of being a Christian is a mark in all of those who have been baptised. Being children of a previously Christian culture, this mark, is almost trans-generational.
A further third meaning of these lines is that the ‘focus’ on our service to God, good deeds and prayers must be conscious. We need to focus on what we are doing, we have to be aware of that we are doing this or that for God, as his disciples. Without this intent, God ‘has trodden the winepress alone.’
These are verbal Icons, expressions of how the world is seen from Saint Augustine's..