Have you ever seen the movie Vantage Point? It is a movie about an attempted murder on the President of the United States, but it is told from a variety of vantage points. Each person saw something a little different based on where they were standing during the altercation. Their point of view was just one factor that played into their account of the situation. The noises or distractions around them also played a part.
When we open the Bible and read a segment of Scripture, we interpret it based on our vantage point. Where are we standing in life? What’s going on around us? Are we in a good place where all is well within our world or are we in a moment of crisis.
Last night, I posted verse 4 out of the 23rd Psalm on Facebook,
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Several people commented on the verse. One person stated that she loved that Psalm. Another shared how she had just picked up Max Lucado‘s book, Traveling Light, to read, which walks you through the 23rd Psalm. Still another person commented that the word shadow was the key to the verse, because what we experience is only a shadow of death, thus we should not fear. For me, the key word is through, because I know I’m not setting up residence in the shadow of death or even camping there. I’m just passing through and I go through with Him.
What stands out to you as the key word in that verse and why? There are no wrong answers. Your answer will be influenced by your vantage point in life today, your surroundings and what you’re experiencing personally. I’ve already shared what my key word is for that verse. Now it’s your turn. 3-2-1, go…
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