EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
Refrain: ||: PRAISE THE-ctr LORD, MY SOUL! :||
1. TRUST THE-ctr LORD FOREVER CAN.
HE-ctr JUST FOR (2h)#ALL OPPRESSED.
LORD FEED PEOPLE HUNGRY.
SLAVE HE-ctr HELP BECOME FREE. Refrain
2. LORD HELP BLIND BECOME SIGHTED.
PEOPLE HEAVY-BURDEN STAND STRAIGHT CAN.
FATHER, MOTHER, SPOUSE GONE, HE-ctr PROTECT.
FOREIGN CITIZEN, HE-ctr TAKE-CARE-OF. Refrain
3. THE-ctr LORD LOVE PEOPLE JUST.
PEOPLE WICKED, HE-ctr prevent.
FOREVER LORD CONTROL TEMPLE MOUNTAIN.
YOUR GOD FOREVER-FUTURE~EVER-PAST. Refrain
Notes: The signs between "||:" and ":||" are to be repeated.
THE - Underlined words are honorific indices ("indexes"), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.
SOUL - NDH [C] or [S] is held close to body and [F] which inserts FT into NDH then slowly draws it upwards with a wavy path. For an animated gif of this sign, see Animated dictionary of religious signs - Deaf Missions: Spirit.
(2h)#ALL - (2h)[A], POs ><, FOs up, are held at shoulder height and move away while opening to (2h)[L].
OPPRESSED - DH [B], PO down, FO > NDS, pushs down on [S], PO > DS, FO away, which is held against chest.
SLAVE - (2h)[S], PO down, crossed at wrists, swing from side to side. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Slave.
SIGHTED - (2h)[open 8], PO > signer, with hands held at eyes, twist hands so that PO points away, as if saying EYES-SENSITIVE.
HEAVY-BURDEN - (2h)[B^] are placed on DS shoulder and press it down so that the body tips > DS.
SPOUSE - HUSBAND WIFE.
GONE - [5^], PO > face, FO up, moves downwards and closes to a [O^], while the NDH is a [B], PO > singer, FO > DS held further away and in neutral space.
CITIZEN - C-PERSON.
JUST - (2h)[B^], POs ><, FOs up, tap FT while moving in a horizontal circle.
WICKED - (2h) are held at forehead level and move towards the forehead several times while wg but do not touch the forehead.
FOREVER-FUTURE~EVER-PAST - DH [Y], PO down, FO > NDS, swings outwards with FO turning away, then NDH [Y], PO down, FO > DS, swings backwards with FO turning to over the shoulder.
Refrain: ||: Praise the Lord, my soul! :||
1. The Lord forever keeps faith,
is justice for the oppressed.
The Lord gives food to the hungry;
the Lord sets captives free.
2. The Lord gives sight to the blind
and lifts up those who were bowed down,
protects the widows and fatherless,
and keeps the stranger safe.
3. The Lord loves the just
and makes the way of the wicked fail.
Forever the Lord will reign, O Zion,
age on age your God.