Lectio: Read Psalm 43.
Read the Psalm a second time. Highlight the pleas to God. In a different color, highlight the questions.
Meditatio: Notice the way in which the Psalmist goes back and forth between despair and hope: between pleas, questions and statements of hope. Reflect on how these words resonate in your life, naming your own pleas, questions, and grievances. Write them down.
Oratio: Formulate your own pleas, questions and grievances into a personal psalm of lament. Intersperse words of hope – your own or those of Psalm 43. Repeat your psalm to God as a prayer.
Contemplatio: Focus on the end of verse 5. Repeat the words until they become a part of you. Rest quietly for a time, reflecting on the promises of God named in this Psalm (vss. 2a, 3, 4, 5b).