PTS - The Warrior's Journey®
Post Traumatic Stress


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The challenges that you have had to face as a warrior are unimaginable to most. It takes courage to stand up and fight. The war however, is not purely physical; heart and soul dredge through the battlefield and return home scarred as well.

David’s psalm reveals a soldier in agony: Sleepless nights filled with terrors and tears, enemies surrounding him, threats to his life, sickness in body and soul. Was David suffering from Post Traumatic Stress? It shouldn’t surprise us. David fought in countless battles, hand to hand, looking into the eyes of his enemies.

(Psalm 6:1-10, NKJV)

“O LORD, do not rebuke me in Your anger, nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure. Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled. My soul also is greatly troubled; but You, O LORD—how long? Return, O LORD, deliver me! Oh, save me for Your mercies’ sake! For in death there is no remembrance of You; in the grave who will give You thanks?

I am weary with my groaning; all night I make my bed swim; I drench my couch with my tears. My eye wastes away because of grief; it grows old because of all my enemies. Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; for the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping. The LORD has heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer. Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled; let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly.”

How to Cope

Although David survived such desperate fighting, it must have left its scars on this warrior’s soul. How did he cope? David was honest with himself and God. He confessed his fears and problems to the Lord. David prayed. His personal walk with God brought peace to his mind and healing to his heart. David journaled. He committed his agony of soul, his joys, and his prayers to writing.

How are you coping?


The content of this article comes from “The Warrior’s Bible” (2014) and is copyrighted by Life Publishers International. Used with permission.

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