Campbell McAlpine


A missionary, who had been much used of God in China, was once asked how he read the Bible. He replied, ‘I take plenty of potatoes every day, and a little meat.’ When asked to explain his remark he said, ‘I read many pages of the Bible every day – that is like potatoes – it is filling; but I meditate on one or two verses every day – that is the meat, that is the nourishment’ – and that is a very good balanced diet!

Bill Johnson

While Eastern meditation tries to get people to empty their minds, biblical meditation focuses on our filling our minds—and our mouths—with the truth. Joshua 1:8 says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” One of the definitions for the Hebrew word “meditate” is “to mutter.” Meditating involves repeating the words God has said out loud. As Joshua was told, this regular repetition of what God had said is the key to our ability to do the Word.