Expressed in many ways, the Word (in Psalm 33-34)continues to assert that there is only one way worth following, and that is God's. Conversely, our short-sighted humanistic purposes he 'foils' and 'thwarts.' We are reminded not to place any confidence in the things that will ultimately fail, like the 'size of his army', 'great strength' of the warrior' or the speed of a 'horse in hope of deliverance.'
No amount of power, ability, influence, possesion can protect you and buy you safety, solace and peace of mind. The psalmist urges us to do the only right thing, and that is 'in him our hearts rejoice, trust in his holy name, put our hope in Him'.
Psalm 34 also reminds us that on this side of heaven, there is no guarantee of a triumphalist, whoopsy-daisy life of comfort. In fact, 'a righteous man may have many troubles'(!) 'But he delivers him from them all.'
That is the thrust of living on hope. It is always a forward looking life. One that does not waste energies in trying to build or recapture a little Eden for ourselves here on earth. But instead is willing to courageously put our hope in a future glory, joy and comfort. This world is truly not our home, we're just a passing through.
In response to another piece of scripture: "Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground." Ps 143:10
Not my own
Higher than mine
I shall follow
Not the will of man
Not my selfish dreams or foolish ambitions
Not the pace of the world
Only YOUR will
For you are my God
No other God and no other will shall I follow