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Back when I was in grade school, I really enjoyed the days when we don’t have classes because it’s Holiday.

Our local calendar observes the Freedom Day (Edsa Day) on February 25, the Chinese New Year during the first quarter of each year, Independence Day on June 12, among others.

But growing up, I realised that all these special dates are there for a reason – that is to remember an important date in history.

February 25 reminds every Filipino of the “bloodless” revolution that overthrew the Marcos regime. June 12, on the other hand, is a celebration of the Philippine Independence as declared by General Emilio Aguinaldo, the first Philippine president.

In the Bible, the psalmist Asaph knew the importance of remembering.remember

He was broken and in trouble when he penned Psalm 77, crying out in desperation, in distress and even posted a series of questions on where is God in his most trying times.

But here’s what I learned, that in our moment of difficulty or point of desperation, the way to overcome the heaviness of our heart is by way of remembering what God did in the past.

Psalm 77:11-12 (NIV) says, “11  I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. 12  I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”

Instead of sliding to our human tendency of focusing on what we lack, what we don’t have, what we lost, our sickness, etc., why not remember God’s faithfulness, pray to Him and declare His power and authority over our situation?

In the Message translation of Psalm 77:13-15, Asaph continued, “O God! Your way is holy! No god is great like God! You’re the God who makes things happen; you showed everyone what you can do— You pulled your people out of the worst kind of trouble, rescued the children of Jacob and Joseph.”

Troubles may come our way, but instead of dwelling on the torrent of challenges, pause for a while and remember God’s powerful deeds in our lives. Remember His goodness. Remember His faithfulness.

That should help us refocus on God rather than our troubles, reminding us that the great things He did before, He will do it again.

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