Psalm 27:14 (ESV) … Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”
Did David write these words after he had won the battle? As a wise soldier, he realized that one victory did not guarantee that the enemy would stop attacking. Perhaps the enemy had retreated and David was now concerned about their return. “Let us be as watchful after the victory as before the battle,” said the godly Scottish preacher Andrew Bonar, and wise counsel it is. He asked the Lord for guidance (see 25:4–5), for a level path without traps in it, and for victory over the liars who were slandering his good name. His statement in verse 13 is incomplete: “If I had not believed in the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living”—then what? Where would I be? David believed that God’s goodness followed him (23:6) and also anticipated him (21:3), that God stored up goodness to use when it was needed (31:19). God’s goodness never ran out (52:1), for David could go into God’s house (presence) and receive all he needed (65:4). The key was faith in God.
Instead of rushing ahead, David calmly waited on the Lord, for faith and patience always go together (Isa. 28:16; Heb. 6:12; 10:36). Perhaps in verse 14 he was addressing his soldiers, for the men would need courage and strength for the next battle and for the journey that lay before them. This admonition reminds us of the words of Moses to Joshua (Deut. 31:7, 23), God’s words to Joshua (Josh. 1:6–7, 9), and the Jewish leaders’ encouragement of Joshua (Josh. 1:18). Stuart Hamblin wrote in one of his familiar songs, “I know not what the future holds / but I know who holds the future.” If Jesus is your Savior and Lord, then the future is your friend, and you have nothing to fear.