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Psalm 39 is a psalm of lament from David.  Michael Card calls lament “a difficult conversation” [with God], and psalm 39 is certainly difficult.  David keeps bouncing back to his trust in God, even though this is a psalm of lament.  This verse is such a bounce.

The verb translated “I wait” is a hopeful waiting. The Lexham Theological Wordbook says: “This verb basically refers to hoping or waiting expectantly; this involves trusting that the thing awaited will take place. It is often used of waiting hopefully for God (e.g., Gen 49:18; Psa 25:5; Jer 14:22).”

David uses Hebrew parallelism here in which the second line restates and reemphasizes what is written in the first line.  We might give a rough meaning as “And now, O Lord, for what do I wait with hopeful expectancy?  My hope is in you.”  David was “all in” with the Lord as his  God.  He had no other God, he wanted no other God, he trusted no other God but the Lord.

Charles Spurgeon writes here: “David had but one hope, and that hope entered within the veil, hence he brought his vessel to safe anchorage, and after a little drifting all was peace.”