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Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is making the right decision in spite of fear.

Fear can be a powerful, debilitating enemy. For some of us it can be all-consuming. None of us can escape it entirely. It rises unbidden, unexpected, ready to paralyze us with indecision. But experiencing fear does not mean that we have to be fearful.

In Joshua 1, the Israelites and Joshua, their leader, find themselves at a crucial juncture, about to enter the Promised Land. God gives Joshua a set of important instructions tied to a powerful promise, and these words are the basis for the Doorpost Song “Strong and Courageous” from the album This Is LoveTake a listen!

How do we keep from being fearful? How can we be courageous in the midst of fear? In the words of Robert Morgan, we need to preach to ourselves instead of listening to ourselves. We need to immerse our lives in God’s word so that when fear threatens to derail us we can call upon God’s promises. When fear rises up to paralyze us, the last thing we need to do is to listen to the voice inside that is certain everything is awful, nothing will turn out right, and there is no hope. Instead we need to stand up in the pulpit of our minds and declare the promises of God, overpowering and silencing the voice of timidity and discouragement.

And of all the promises of God, what is the most basic, the most essential? I will be with you. It was God’s promise to Joshua and the Israelites. It was Jesus’ departing promise to his disciples in Matthew 28:18-20. And it’s God’s promise to us today. Fear is unavoidable, but it does not have to make us fearful. We can be strong and courageous even in the midst of trial when we don’t listen to the falsehoods of fear, but preach to ourselves the promises of God.

You can find “Strong and Courageous” and more Doorpost Songs on iTunes. Doorpost Songs Family Worship Kits and more resources are available at

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David Ray

David Ray is a worship leader, artist and songwriter from Houston, Texas. He and his wife, Jess, are the creators of Doorpost Songs, a series of songs and resources designed for kids worship, multi-gen worship, and family worship. Dave and Jess are the parents of three rambunctious kids and they love getting to serve churches and families across the nation.


  1. Have you put the lyrics & music to video yet?
    We’re still leading music with kids with the help of dvd’s…….still learning how to use pro-presenter.
    Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Vicki! We’d love to have videos for all our songs, but right now it’s not something we can tackle. Hopefully sometime soon, though!

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