Do you ever think about the books of heaven? Malachi speaks of a book of remembrance written in the presence of God, a record of the words spoken by those who feared the Lord. And in the Psalms, David cries out to God “put my tears in your bottle” and then declares “are they not in your book?” I wonder, is this book the same one from Malachi or yet a different book kept by God? Either way, God keeps books full of our stories…the costly victories won in the secret place, the sorrows and pains endured in silence, the joys celebrated in God’s presence, all are witnessed and forever recorded.
~ Malachi 3:16 (ESV)
I tend to think more than just a few books exist in heaven. Certainly, several other books receive mention in the Bible. Psalm 69, Philippians 4:3, and many verses in Revelation speak of the book of life, which is explained in Revelation 20-21 (a topic well beyond the scope of this post). Daniel 10 speaks of the book of truth, Ezekiel receives a book from heaven to eat, Revelation mentions various books–the book only the Lamb can open, the book of life, the little book held by an angel, and so forth.
Not only are there books kept in the presence of God, but also those God himself writes, as referenced in Exodus 32. God is the ultimate Author and wellspring of all creativity, and His creative genius is on display throughout Scripture. I love that amid the narrative of the Bible, God interwove stories and allegories (I might delve into storytelling in Scripture more in a later post), which strongly suggests to me that many of the books are not just records of history and events, but also rich stories that will grip us for ages to come.
So yes, books exist in heaven…some sobering, some intriguing, some beyond understanding. And one day, we will see them.