I asked a question about the orthography of two words in the last chapter of the Shema, and I started to wonder, whether the presence of a maqaf mattered with respect to word count. And if you actually count the words in the Shema, you can see that there are 215 separate words and 33 more joined with a maqaf.* Same story with Vihi noam, there are 116 + 13 words (plus 1 for the whole psalm totalling 130).** However, if you do the same with Psalm 67, you will quickly realise that you have to count words joined with a maqaf as a single word to get 49, because by using the other method you would have 4 extra words. I would have expected a single method to be used. Does the difference in the counting method have any relevance? What do sources tell about this issue?
* So it doesn't, but don't forget to count Barukh shem kevod and Hashem Elokeikhem emet!
** So why don't we just add 3 for each chapter at the Shema?