First Blast: Text
כִּי יִצְפְּנֵנִי בְּסֻכֹּה בְּיוֹם רָעָה
For He conceals me in His pavilion (sukkah) in the day of evil
Second Blast: Commentary
The Shabbat Ma’ariv (evening) service also uses the sukkah (hut) as a metaphor for God’s protection: וּפְרוש עָלֵינוּ סֻכַּת שלומֶךָ - (ufros aleinu sukkat shlomecha) spread over us the shelter of Your peace. Yet, the sukkot we build on the holiday are pretty bad at providing shelter: their roofs allow rain to enter and they can blow down in a strong wind. Perhaps the ultimate protection, then, is the trust we will make it through even in trying circumstances.
This phrase foreshadows Sukkot and is one of the reasons we recite this psalm leading up to and during the fall holidays.
Third Blast: Practice
Find some sukkah-like indoor-outdoor space, like a gazebo or pavilion, and spend some time there considering the fragility of life and the necessity of protection.