Let’s look at the Responsorial Psalm. It opens with Psalm 69, verse 3.
“I am sunk in the abysmal swamp where there is no foothold. I have reached the watery depths: the flood overwhelms me.”
That verse gives you two things to do.
First, you should bring back to mind a real scary time when you were caught in a storm or sinking with nothing to grab on to.
Second, you should bring to mind another scary situation past or even future, one that is only metaphorically like the one in the psalm. It could be where the scare is financial or health related.
Next, you consider today’s response: “Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.”
Experience the security that comes to us from having our dear Lord as protection from all that can harm us.