I have always been interested in the creativity of a good acrostic. An acrostic is a list of words or sentences that form another word when you line up the first letters of each word or line.
A classic example of acrostic poem in English written by Edgar Allan Poe is entitled simply An Acrostic:
Elizabeth it is in vain you say
"Love not" — thou sayest it in so sweet a way:
In vain those words from thee or L.E.L.
Zantippe's talents had enforced so well:
Ah! if that language from thy heart arise,
Breath it less gently forth — and veil thine eyes.
Endymion, recollect, when Luna tried
To cure his love — was cured of all beside --
His follie — pride — and passion — for he died.
Psalm 111 and 112 are both acrostics. Each line begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. There is not a lot of significance to this but it shows the poetic nature of these psalms. We will cover more on these acrostics when we get to Psalm 119.
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.