EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
Response: LORD, COME HELP-me ME.
UP-TO-NOW ME WAIT"over time" LORD COME.
PAH! HE-rt HELP'stoop down'. Response
THE-rt LORD ATTEND-TO MY SHOUT.
VALLEY CONNECT-TO DESTROY, HE-rt LIFT-UP ME
PLACE EARTH WET ME LEAVE.
ROCK POINTY-SURFACE, HE-rt PUT-ON-SURFACE ME.
MY FOUNDATION NOW STRONG. Response
NOW HAVE SOMETHING NEW SING.
SONG TO OUR GOD.
MANY PEOPLE LOOK-AT-ME AWED
HIT* TRUST THE-rt LORD. Response
HAPPEN ME LOWLY AND POOR,
STILL THE-rt LORD THINK-ABOUT ME.
YOU-rt MY HELP AND SAVIOR.
MY GOD, PLEASE ACT FAST. Response
Notes: ME - Underlined words are honorific indices ("indexes"), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.
PAH! - Like SUCCEED but "pah" is mouthed and has the meaning of "at long last". For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - finally.
HELP'stoop down' - Sign HELP, but look down with bent back to role play God.
ATTEND-TO - PAY-ATTENTION.
LIFT-UP - (2h)[B], PO down are held high and swoop down while supinating and then rise up again as if helping something mature and the hands continue up and FTs are directed > Heaven.
POINTY-SURFACE - Use (2h)[B] as CL to show a crag.
PUT-ON-SURFACE - [S], PO > NDS, FO away, places something on [B], PO down, FO > DS.
FOUNDATION - NDH [S], PO > signer, FO > DS, is held out with arm parallel to the chest and DH [S], PO > signer, strikes hand from below and then strikes elbow from below.
AWED - (2h)[S], POs ><, FOs up are held at eyes with awed facial expression and the hands open and then close.
LOWLY - (2h)[B^], POs ><, FOs up, move downwards arcing towards the signer. This is the opposite of the sign ADVANCED. For an animated gif of ADVANCED, see Animated dictionary of religious signs - Deaf Missions: Exalted.
SAVIOR - S-FREE AGENT.
Lyrics (Psalm 40:2, 3, 4, 18):
Response: Lord, come to my aid!
I have waited, waited for the LORD,
and he stooped toward me. Response
The LORD heard my cry.
He drew me out of the pit of destruction,
out of the mud of the swamp;
he set my feet upon a crag;
he made firm my steps. Response
And he put a new song into my mouth,
a hymn to our God.
Many shall look on in awe
and trust in the LORD. Response
Though I am afflicted and poor,
yet the LORD thinks of me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
O my God, hold not back! Response