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I started writing Acrostic Psalms over ten years ago for my own pleasure and enjoyment. I find meditating on the Word of God to be exhilarating...and the intense prayer and meditation required to write an Acrostic Psalm is spiritually rewarding.

One of the oldest forms of poetry, there are several instances of acrostics mentioned in the Bible, most notably Psalm 119 and Psalm 145, but I could find little use of this ancient writing technique in modern spiritual poetry.

Acrostics, Acronyms, and Initialism

According to Webster's, an "acrostic" is "a composition, usually in verse, in which the initial, final or other prearranged letters in each line when taken together spell out a word."

While "acronym" is commonly used to describe both acronyms and initialisms, some prefer to differentiate between the two. As such, an acronym would be letters representing words that are pronounced as a word, like FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency); while initialism would be letters representing words that are pronounced as letters, like CEO (Chief Executive Officer).

Acrostics are similar in nature and typically represent an acronym-initialism hybrid. As a fan of both acronyms and initialisms, I was immediately drawn to this unique form of part because there is very little use of the technique in modern spiritual poetry; and in part because I found the technique to be spiritually stimulating.

Acrostic Psalms

Acrostic Psalms, as I define them, do not necessarily follow the traditional meaning of "psalm" as "a praise and worship song or hymn." Neither do they follow the rhyme or rhythm standards normally associated with traditional Western poetry.

For my purposes, I define an Acrostic Psalm as a verse in which the first letter of each line when taken together spell a word; and the verse when read describes or defines the spiritual nature or influence of the word.

For example:

Great is He who sits On the throne and Delivers us from evil

There is no standard for writing Acrostic Psalms. Some writers highlight the first letter using capitals, bold type, or florishes to make the acrostic easily discernible, others prefer to conceal the acrostic by keeping the letter in line with generally accepted practices of style.

For example:

Prayers are sometimes answered in ways we could never understand

I have used both forms in my writing. I like the mystery of concealing the acrostic when reading the verse...providing a "surprise" when the acrostic is discovered. Highlighting seems to work better when creating lithographs and video presentations...emphasizing the dramatic impact of the word itself. I would be interested in your comments on the subject.

Acrostic Psalms are not confined to Biblical words. They can be, and usually are, common words defined in a spiritual context through the accompanying verse.

As in these examples:

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Place your eternal hopes and dreams with God cast out fear and enter into His presence Count on God's unswerving commitment never doubt His wisdom seek His answer first and enjoy the peace He lavishes on those who trust in Him

They can be long or short. Some, like "GOD," are just three lines; others, like "JESUS IS LORD," are much longer. Unlike Haiku or other forms of poetry, it is not the length, rhyme, or rhythm of the verse; it is the spiritual connotation.

While I hesitate to say that promoting Acrostic Psalms is my mission in life, I love the art form so much that I just registered as a vehicle to raise the awareness of the writing pleasure and spiritual benefit proffered by Acrostic Psalms. The site will offer writing tips and contests; and serve as a platform for writers to display their work.

If you would like to try your hand at writing an Acrostic Psalm I would love to see your work. You can send them to

God once told me, "An ocean begins with a single drop of rain." Perhaps this Hub is the first drop in the ocean of spiritual revival through an increased awareness of this ancient writing technique. Time will tell.

And speaking of telling, please tell your friends to visit this page and cast their vote...and let's see if this drop can become an ocean.

Ray Evans



PoetikalyAnointed on October 06, 2018:


You are so very welcome.

Ray Evans (author) from Arlington, TX on October 06, 2018:

Thanks Kaly, your comment lifted mine :-)

Blessings to you and yours

PoetikalyAnointed on October 05, 2018:

Hello Ray,

This is truly Amazing! My spirit was listed as I read this. I enjoyed reading your Acrostic Psalms because I dig the concept too; the messages in them are beautiful.

Now that I know what this form of poetry is, I think I might've played around with it some years ago. Of course, none were kept but it was fun to do.

I might try my hand at it once more.

Great Hub.

Ray Evans (author) from Arlington, TX on May 07, 2012:

I would love to help, Amber; but I'm not sure what you're asking. Do you have to write one or just find information on them? Feel free to contact me at and I will try to help you.

amber brown on May 07, 2012:

i cant think of an acrostic poem for christinaty and other religions and its do in 2 days wat do i looke up some on google and didn't find any on April 18, 2011:

do a great job do you know anybody besides ginger meow that does any acrostic name poems for both male and females besides rosario or websites that does it for free please email me happy easter sarah marie

Ray Evans (author) from Arlington, TX on October 11, 2010:

I want to add this comment to wblsarah. If you're referring to the acrostic "name" poems I've seen on other Hubs...there is software available (not free) that will write them for you (I have the software, along with several other "name-related" programs at It's a nifty little side-business, but they're not the same as Acrostic Psalms.

Ray Evans (author) from Arlington, TX on October 11, 2010:

Unfortunately, there’s not much out there. You can find a few places with a Google search, but I’m not sure what you’re looking for.

You’ve read my Hub which pretty much explains what it is and how to write one. If you’re looking for pre-written Acrostic Psalms…other than the ones I’ve written…I’ve not found any.

Best bet, write one yourself…pick a word and meditate on it. It can be a very rewarding exercise.

Good luck and God bless on October 10, 2010:

how do you do acrostic psalms like for lutheran, christian, and catholic, and irish psalm. please email me any info or free stuff on acrostics name poems or psalms or websites or books i should get. thanks

Ray Evans (author) from Arlington, TX on September 17, 2010:

Thanks sligobay. Unfortunately I haven't done much lately and still don't have the site up...too many projects, too little time. I did manage to post some at You'll find them under "Inspirational Gifts/Inspirational Ink" along with some other inspired verses. Thanks again and may God richly bless you on your journey through life.

sligobay from east of the equator on September 16, 2010:

This is my first knowledge of acrostic poetry and a lovely way to be exposed to the form - spiritually. Thank you.

khawfash from U.S.A on January 06, 2010:

Very interested.

Ray Evans (author) from Arlington, TX on January 06, 2010:

Thanks Khawfash, I'd love to see them when you get done. I haven't done much with the website yet, but I'm thinking of making it a showcase for people who want to write Acrostic Psalms and then putting them in an eBook. Interested?

khawfash from U.S.A on January 06, 2010:

Thank you for writing this hub. I'm eager to try my hand at this form of writing.

Ray Evans (author) from Arlington, TX on March 10, 2008:

Fillip, You've captured the essence of Acrostic Psalms.  Pick a word...any word...and then meditate on the word; and the Word will answer.  You don't have to force it.  It's not you; but the Spirit within you that does the "talking"...

He knows

our situation and will

provide a way out of

every problem



Fillip from atop the grateful castle on March 08, 2008:

Ray, this is awesome. What a great way to pick yourself up when you're feeling down...write an inspiring Acrostic! I can see your spiritual connection and I can appreciate how this could work in many ways..motivation, success, or any of your favorite human-for-the-better qualities. This is so useful and easy to apply. I'm a fan...thanks for giving me a tool to realize the Universe that's within me :)

Ray Evans (author) from Arlington, TX on March 08, 2008:

Thanks to all of you for your words of encouragement. I am so far behind...I am sorry I didn't get to thank you individually.

GJCody from Pittsburgh on March 07, 2008:

Thanks for sharing ...I enjoyed the way the last of the poems were written. Good info to think about of luck with your sea of rain drops. I think of us all as connected is a kind of way and what better way to express it. Good searching ..and my best to you :-)

Margaret Hampton from Florida on March 07, 2008:

Thank you for this beautiful explanation and the examples of Acrostic Psalms. I learned a lot and now understand so much more. I, too, want to add another rain drop in this spiritual sea to His greater glory. You are doing an excellent job here, a service to both God and man, and perhaps creating the beginning of a tidal wave!

smartecreation on March 06, 2008:

Yes! My motto in life is "changing the world, one network at a time". Let me be one additional rain drop in the ocean you are creating :) Very interesting reading!

Ray Evans (author) from Arlington, TX on March 03, 2008:

Same to you seems we joined at the same time!

writemyown on March 02, 2008:

welcome to hubpages

Ray Evans (author) from Arlington, TX on February 28, 2008:

Thanks Froggy!

Greg Boudonck from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong on February 28, 2008:

Great Hub Ray.Welcome to hubpages.

Ray Evans (author) from Arlington, TX on February 27, 2008:

Thanks for your kind words.

As a "newbie" I'm still finding my way around. Trying to figure out what's acceptable and what's not. I was under the impression that Hub Pages was more interested in "How to" material, so I shyed away from poetry. Maybe I was misinformed...but at least I'm not "in the doghouse!" I love your username :-)

In The Doghouse from California on February 27, 2008:


This is a very cool way to express your testimony of Jesus Christ and his gospel. Thank you for sharing it with us. I will also look for more from you in this area. Again, Thank you.

Ray Evans (author) from Arlington, TX on February 27, 2008:

Thanks Peter

I've been trying to find my "voice" on Hub Pages. Since you are my first "fan", maybe this is it!

Peter M. Lopez from Sweetwater, TX on February 27, 2008:

That is a great passion to have. I look forward to more of your work

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