Seek the Lord - O'Connor

Seek the Lord - Roc O'Connor

Translated into ASL by David Bar-Tzur

Created 14 September 2008, links updated monthly with the help of LinkAlarm.

EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).

Refrain: (a, revised)
(2h)SEARCH-FOR THE-rt LORD, HIS-rt MERCY OVERFLOW.
SUMMON GOD LOUD, HIMSELF-rt NEAR.

Refrain: (b, original)
(2h)SEARCH-FOR THE-rt LORD, WHILE (2h)YOU CAN FIND HIM-rt.
SUMMON WHILE HIMSELF-rt STILL NEAR.

1a. TODAY RIGHT DAY AND (2h)THIS PROPER HOUR.
GIVE-UP LIVE SIN, MANY-LOOOK-TO THE-rt LORD.

1b. TODAY RIGHT DAY AND (2h)THIS PROPER HOUR.
GIVE-UP LIVE SIN, MANY-LOOK-TO THE-rt LORD.

2a. IDEA-LIKE SKY FAR ABOVE EARTH,
LORD HIS-rt WAY FAR ABOVE OURS.

2b. IDEA-LIKE SKY FAR ABOVE EARTH,
LORD HIS-rt WAY FAR ABOVE OURS.

3a. OPEN-HEART UNDERSTAND GOD HIS-rt MESSAGE
HIS-rt WORDS, HIS-rt WAYS LEAD US TO LIFE.

3b. COME FIND THE-rt LORD, WE NEED DEPEND HIM-rt.
HIS-rt WORDS, HIS-rt WAYS LEAD US TO LIFE.

4a. WE LIVE IN GOD HIS HOUSE SOMEDAY.
OUR HEART OVERFLOW PRAISE GOD GRACE AND LOVE.

4b. WE LIVE IN GOD HIS HOUSE SOMEDAY.
LOOK-UP-TO HIS-rt FACE AND PRAISE HIS-rt NAME.


Notes: THE - Underlined words are honorific indices ("indexes"), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.

MERCY - (2h)[open 8], POs > people who are receiving mercy, hands move in vertical circles normal (perpendicular) to the chest.

OVERFLOW - [5], PO down, FO away, covers top of [S], PO > DS, FO away, and FT wiggle as the hand moves away, like a cup overflowing. For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - overflow.

(2h)THIS - (2h)[1^], POs donw, FOs away, ds descend slightly twice.

SIN - (2h)[X] touch their respective sides of the mouth, descend to neutral space and circle antisymmetrically parallel to the chest. For an animated gif of this sign, see Animated dictionary of religious signs - Deaf Missions: Sin.

MANY-LOOK-TO-God - (2h)[4] move FT towards Heaven as if many eyes were looking to God.

IDEA-LIKE - A blending where IDEA has a [Y] instead of an [I] in anticipation of LIKE which is signed smoothly right afterwards.

ABOVE - (2h)[5], POs <, FOs away, DH starts touching the NDH on the dorsal (back) side and then spirals above it.

MESSAGE - TELL-STORY.

SOME-DAY - WILL/FUTURE but fingers wg as the hand moves forward.

OVERFLOW - [5], PO down, FO away, covers top of [S], PO > DS, FO away, and FT wiggle as the hand moves away, like a cup overflowing. For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - overflow.

GRACE - [O^] or [S], held high and PO > Heaven, supinates and opens to [5] while being brought towards head. For an animated gif of this sign, see Animated dictionary of religious signs - Deaf Missions: Grace.

Lyrics:

Refrain: (a, revised) Seek the Lord whose mercy abounds;
call aloud to God who is near.

(b, original) Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call to him while he is still near.

1a. Today is the day and now the proper hour
to forsake our sinful lives and turn to the Lord.

1b. Today is the day and now the proper hour
to forsake our sinful lives and turn to the Lord.

2a. As high as the sky is above the earth,
so high above our ways, the ways of the Lord.

2b. As high as the sky is above the earth,
so high above our ways, the ways of the Lord.

3a. Open your heart to hear the voice of God,
whose words, whose ways lead us to life.

3b. Finding the Lord, let us cling to him.
His words, his ways lead us to life.

4a. Some day we'll live in the house of God;
hearts full of praise for God's gracious love.

4b. Some day we'll live in the house of God;
gaze on his face and praise his name.

treble clef as a symbol for musicTo hear a partial performance of this song, go to Seek the Lord | OCP.org.

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