Ps 53:3 But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one!
Here David is repeating his thoughts of Psalm 14 and is written as an instructional Psalm with guidelines on how not to be a fool. Foolishness is not synonymous with lack of intelligence. Some with above average intelligence tend to act foolish when they deny God. Usually that is to cover up sin, or to have an excuse to continue the sin. Justifying sin is just as dangerous as rejecting God, since he is the only one who can forgive sin.
David’s betrayal by Doeg was intense. A physical wound is bad but this emotional “stab in the back” is worse. He felt bitter and wanted revenge but that would accomplish nothing. We can all relate to David’s sense of injustice. So much of this world is corrupt and good people get hurt from bad decisions. I sometimes wonder what good is it to work so hard to stay in God’s will, when everyone around seems to do the opposite.
Have I always done the right thing? Far from it. Many times, maybe at work or in friendships, I have been tempted to take an easier way or just skip the hard part altogether. Fighting temptations is hard and what it takes to overcome can be overwhelming but God will always be there to help you; God’s love and mercy always wins in the end. I read the last chapter of the book and we win!