FROM THE MIRE TO THE CHOIR

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Perhaps you have heard the term “mired in debt,” which means someone is in a troublesome situation regarding their finances. “Mire” is thick, deep mud or slush that makes travel and forward progress difficult, if not impossible.

Does that word “mire” resonate with you? Have you ever thought that you were stuck in the mire of life? If so, I want to offer you great comfort: God can take us from the mire to the choir!

Drink in these words from one of David’s inspired psalms:


I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord. (Psalm 40:1-3)


King David was in a mess, which is the universal life experience for everyone. The fact that we are all broken people living in a broken world means we will all find ourselves bogged down in the mire of life from time to time . . .

  • Trouble at the office
  • Difficulties in marriage
  • Prodigal child
  • Broken relationships
  • Financial reversals
  • Health concerns

The list, of course, could fill this page. We all encounter life experiences that can lead to discouragement, depression, and utter despair. The question is not, “Will we find ourselves in the mire of life?” The question is: “What will we do when we are in it?”

There is Hope . . . and His name is Jesus Christ. He can take us from the mire to the choir. The psalmist said “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” Our Lord will lift us out of the mire and put us on a straight path again . . . but that’s not all. His divine rescue gives us a new song of praise to God! “He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.”

David knew that the way out of the mire to the choir was to keep his focus on God and not the circumstances of life. The king of Israel knew personally what it meant to reach rock bottom, but he also knew that when he reached bottom, he was still standing on the Rock of his salvation.


Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. (Psalm 40:4)


The key to going from the mire to the choir is to continually make Jesus your trust. Whatever pit you find yourself in, remember Jesus is there with you. Keep looking to Him and in His time and in His way, you will be lifted out of the pit and brought into His palace, going from “mire” to choir forevermore.


Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)


This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN! 

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