For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will set me high on a rock.
What would be the one thing I'd ask of the Lord? Material blessings? Health? Love from other people? When I think about it, I'd probably ask that I'd never be touched by trouble.
But in the 27th Psalm, I'm taught that the one thing I might ask would be to live in God's presence my whole life long. Why? Not so trouble won't touch me—because a trouble-free life would be monotonous and ultimately joyless—but so that I'll have a place to turn to when trouble comes my way.
Help me to set my priorities, O God, that you may come first. Remind me that my Savior was crucified, so why should I expect a life of ease? Teach me instead to know I can turn to you when I'm in trouble. If arrows are flying, may I hide in your tent. If the waters rise, may you be the rock that holds me up; in Jesus' Name, who taught me to pray: Our Father...