Psalm 53 mentions Doeg in the inscription before the psalm. He was an Edomite - meaning he was a descendant of Edom - another name for Esau, Jacob's (Israel) twin brother.
Doeg was evil. First, he told Saul about how the priest, Ahimelek, helped David. Saul, in his anger, told his army officials to kill the priests since they helped David. The officials feared God and wouldn't raise a hand against the priests. So Saul told Doeg to kill the priests. He wasn't an Israelite so he had no respect for the priests. He killed 85 priests that day! Read the story here
So what are we to take from this story?
- There are evil people in the world who have no fear or respect of God. They do evil things. Sometimes God's people are the targets of these evil people.
- God will bring the wicked down to everlasting ruin. v.5
- The righteous (from David's example) will trust in God's unfailing love forever, praise Him in the presence of His people (like - at church, in worship), and will hope in God's name.
We can easily get caught up in the evil of wicked men. We want to fight back. We are tempted to give back evil for evil.
Peter and Paul both told us not to repay evil.