Psalm 54 is analysed in 'n literary, rhetorical and socio-critical way in order to determine the dominant textual strategy and the way in which it
was supposed to function. It is established that the basic concern of the psalm is with the honour of the individuals for whom the psalm was
intended as a cultic prayer. The way in which words with a positive and those with a negative connotative meaning are arranged, is found to be
compliant with the purpose of having the enemies exposed and the self vindicated. What is more, this pattern seems to have been devised also to
be of therapeutic value for the suppliant himself.