Psalm 69 – The Book of Life

As I write from Camp Wawona I think about the tradition we have of inviting campers to sign a “book of life” as a symbol of their commitment to Jesus. Naturally, this verse caught my attention:

Psalms 69:28
May they be blotted out of the book of life
And may they not be recorded with the righteous.

(Read the whole thing!, and search for Psalm 69)

In context, David is in a bind, and is asking God to do many things to his enemies. Of all the different things, this is the most serious. The book of life, the actual one in heaven, is where our names are written—the names of those whom God has determined to be safe to save. They are those who believe in Jesus, have His faith, have accepted His faith, and live it by their actions. We should strive to remain in that book, and pray everyday to have God forgive our sins and keep our names in His book of life.

I’m praying for you, that you’ll stay strong for God, and have your name written in His book of life in heaven!

God bless,

Timmy Baze 😀

Texts from the New American Standard Bible, Copyright (c) 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA.


2 thoughts on “Psalm 69 – The Book of Life

  1. It is interesting that this is part of a prayer of David’s – do you think this part of the prayer serves as a good model for us – to pray that someone would be ‘blotted out of the book of life’? Indeed, just because David prays this, does it mean that it could actually happen; that someone whose name was in the ‘book of life’ could then have their name removed from it? Or is it possible that the analogy of having one’s name written in the book of life has as its opposite someone whose name is ‘blotted out’?

    • Thanks for commenting! Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond! Life gets busy when you’re working at a summer camp 😀 But the summer is over now. I think the essence of David’s statement is a statement of trust. God is Judge, and David knows that God will judge righteously. This request is made knowing that God will answer justly. I’m sure if David’s enemies had repented, David’s prayer would have been much different! What do you think?

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