Is Anyone Good? (Ps 53)
It is interesting to note the repetitive nature of the material in this Psalm. It speaks of the corruption of mankind. It is an uncomfortable topic, unless, of course, you exclude yourself from it. Then it becomes something we never tire of speaking about—the corruption we see in others. But here we have it before us, yet another time, this idea that this corruption is everywhere. Why is it so often repeated? Perhaps it is because we have such a strong impulse to deny it. Paul quotes from this Psalm to make this point plain.
What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” (Romans 3:9-12)
So let’s take some notes about the nature of this corruption from the Psalm.