From the Mire to the Choir
Ken D. Trivette
 Psalm 40 has been called "The autobiography of Jesus." It is one of the Messianic Psalms and Psalm 40 depicts his death and declares His resurrection from the dead. But it also could be called the "autobiography of the believer." It is a story that we all could tell. It depicts our past life and describes our present life. It tells us how we have been brought from the mire to the choir.
 There are many great stories that are thrilling and stirring: Teddy Roosevelt and the charge up San Juan Hill, Abraham Lincoln, a poor Kentucky farm boy that eventually became president of the U.S., the Alamo and the bravery of the men that would not surrender. But there is no story as thrilling and stirring as the story of a sinner in the mire becoming a singer in the choir.
 Spurgeon: "The emancipated galley slave may forget the day which heard his broken fetters rattle on the ground; the pardoned traitor may fail to remember the moment the ax of the headsman was averted by a pardon; and the long despairing mariner may not recollect the moment when a friendly hand snatched him from the hungry deep; but O hour of forgiven sin, moment of perfect pardon, our soul shall never forget thee while within her life and being find immortality."
 O blessed hour, O wonderful day, O glorious story when we were brought out of the mire and put into the choir. Moody said of the day of his conversion, "I went outdoors and fell in love with everything. I never loved the bright sun shining so much as I did that day. When I heard the birds sing, I fell in love with the birds. Everything was different."
 All of us can shout, "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name." We can sing, "This is my story, this is my song." It is a story of sinking in the mire and now singing in the choir. Notice our text and this wonderful story.
1. THE HORRIBLE LIFE IN THE MIRE!
 The Psalm ...
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