Lying is awful. It hurts others and it hurts the person doing it. It is a terrible feeling to know lies are being circulated about us. Sometimes it is a personal lie, but other times it is a circumstantial lie about an inherent group or classification of people. And, for the liar, it is so exhausting to keep up the appearances which lies produce.
Sometimes, life feels like people or situations are coming at us from all sides, and we are surrounded by those who oppose us. Sometimes, that is true. And, sometimes, it is not true. Whether true or not, it typically feels true at the time.
Acrostic psalms are also written in such a way to also reveal to Jewish children (and all of us) some truths about the character of God. I particularly love this line in verse 14 – “You are the helper of the fatherless.” I had a wonderful, earthly father . . .
The interesting thing about Psalm 9 is that it is an acrostic psalm, which continues into Psalm 10. There are eight acrostic psalms in the total number of 150 psalms. Each line of an acrostic psalm begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. In English, this would be like line 1 starting with A, line 2 starting with B, line 3 starting with C, and so on.