Psalm 46:1--"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."
When faced with troubling circumstances, why do I feel the need to beg, plead and twist God's arm into helping me? Why do I feel like the level or amount of God's help is directly proportionate to the amount of time I spend praying about something? Granted, it may be that way in some cases---I'm not so naive as to claim that I've got this one licked---it's just that a lot of times, when I call on the Lord, I'm under the (mistaken) impression that He's been lying there dormant and unaware until the time that I call Him into service.
Psalm 46 tells us that in times of trouble (and I'd be bold enough to add---in all other times too) God is "very present". You can't get much more "there" than that!
I am beginning to understand that in these times when I call on him, it's not God who has been awakened from his Holy Sleep to help me---it's me who has been awakened from fear and self-pity and who has remembered the One Very Present Help---the only one who can remedy the situation.
I seem to have this mentality sometimes that God comes out when summoned, saves the day, and then goes back into hibernation until he's summoned once again. I need to remember the promise of Psalm 46---he's always there---right next to me like a constant companion. Not only is he available in times of trouble---he's present at all times.
If I want to spend more time in His presence, I don't need to always find a quiet moment or a secluded spot. I need only to remember that he's right there---my very present help in trouble---and in all other times too!