This psalmist has the right focus. He is “counting” on the Lord (verse 5). In other translations this is “waiting” on the Lord. I see a difference in meaning, ever so slight, between “counting on” and “waiting on”.
I can wait for things, and sometimes those things don’t happen. When I count on something, I am expecting it to happen, sure that it will when the time is right.
Neither interpretation of this passage is incorrect. The bottom line is that we put our hope in the Lord. We can wait on or we can count on him, no matter, he will act.
Have there been times in your life when it seems like all you do is wait for something? How does it feel? Maybe you could describe it as a nagging sensation that overshadows everything you do. When the anticipated event happens, how do you feel – relieved, ecstatic, both?
There will be times in our walk of faith that we have to wait on God. The important thing here is to stay steadfast and trust. We need to put our hope in God – it’s the best (and only) place to put our hope. He will never leave of forsake us. He may just not answer as quickly as we would like. We remember he is the holy one. He is the all knowing creator.
Let’s pray. Father you are holding me and my life in your hands. I thank you that I am safe and secure. I have no fear only trust in you that you will reveal yourself to me and use me in a way that fits perfectly for me. I thank you for all of the opportunities you place before me. May my life reflect you always. I want to be all in for you God. May the hope I have in you be the same hope that others grasp on to. Your precious word is there to guide and protect. May we listen and obey. In Jesus’ name. Amen.