One of the first rules of self-defence, is – Don’t be a victim. Walking confidently and not looking people in the eye, means they are less likely to pick on you. Easier to say than do, but worth practising when you are feeling a bit vulnerable.
In Psalm 57, David was feeling very vulnerable. He reminded himself that God was his protection. He didn’t look at the problem, he didn’t look at his attackers, he focused on God, and reminded himself that no assailant could get past this mighty defender.
Then he operated another strange ‘rule’ – the power of praise. In that bleakest of situations, he worshipped God, he exalted God, he sang and played to the glory of God. That didn’t stop him experiencing the odd wobbler in the middle of it (v6); David was human just like us. But then he got his eyes right back on God. No victim mentality. He knew he could live on to proclaim the wonder and majesty of Almighty God.
Life can throw us many challenges, some life-threatening, some peace-threatening. At those times, remember God is in the room. Walk tall and worship.