‘One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling’ Psalm 27.4-5
When David spoke about his joy in the presence of God, this was not about some false sense of peace and comfort. David was aware that the presence of God existed alongside the troubles of life, but also that it would have a real impact on whatever was going on. The very fact that there were troubles did not mean that God was not there; it meant that the troubles would not consume him.
The hardships we face may come in a variety of guises. They may include sickness, persecution, temptation, hardship, tensions within relationships or any number of things. Yet despite the existence of these, the presence of God is still with us; available to be sought, enjoyed and to bring change to our lives.
The fact that you have troubles of some kind does not mean that God is displeased with you or that he has gone away. He is still there – watching, waiting and loving.