While working out today, I wondered what Eric Liddell would be thinking about if he ran on a treadmill in the basement of a big corporation? Would he be thinking about that Microsoft PowerPoint presentation he needs to get back to?
Why not? If that's the pressing concern. Liddell was not a Christian cartoon who only ran with his mind contemplating Psalms. He was a guy who ran fast, and enjoyed this pleasure as from and through God. However, his life extended far beyond running. His biography is another story, but complexity of our heroes intrigues me.
In fact, one of the Psalm writers, King David, was himself complex in both his life and his quality of faith. He managed a population, made hard decisions, sent people to war. Though a man like God's own heart, he also fell guilty of murder, adultery and scamming to get out of both.
Psalm 121 (New International Version)
New International Version (NIV)
Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society
A song of ascents.
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.