Yes, there are two sides to every story, but as I read these psalms I am surprised that so many deal with a corrupt, lying leader — you know, someone like a Trump or a Netanyahu nowadays.

So why don’t true believers in “God’s word” now oppose lying autocrats and thieves of freedom? “They delight in lies,” this psalmist says. “They bless with their mouth, / But they curse inwardly.”

This is an oft-quoted psalm. “He (YHWH) only is my rock and my salvation; / He is my defense; / I shall not be moved,” the poet says twice. That last line even appears in a famous protest song.

But if we “wait silently for God alone” to save us — that is, if nobody fights back or speaks out — then who will ever be moved enough to protect our freedoms before the prison door slams shut?