A Psalm (and Hashtag) for Hong Kong’s New Political Prisoners

Some follow-up to my previous post on Joshua Wong:

About a week after the passing of Hong Kong’s new security law, Wong, facing the prospect of torture and imprisonment in China, posted the well-loved Psalm 23 to Twitter.

I’ve been using this psalm to pray for him and Hong Kong’s other political prisoners/exiles over the past few weeks. In particular:

  • Tony Chung, 19, arrested for a Facebook post,
  • Agnes Chow, 24, now immortalized as “the real Mulan,”
  • Jimmy Lai, owner of the feisty pro-democracy outlet, Apple Daily,
  • Ted Hui, a legislator who has repeatedly interposed himself between police and protestors,
  • Pastor Roy Chan of the legendary group Protect the Children, and of course
  • the twelve Hong Kong youths whose speedboat was intercepted by Chinese forces while fleeing to Taiwan.1

Hardly comprehensive, but it’s a start. I’ve included the psalm below, so feel free to weave it into your own spiritual practice. And share it with the hashtag #HongKongPsalm23 if you can.


Psalm 23 — a psalm of David.2

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
 He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
 he restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
 for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
 I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
 your rod and your staff—
 they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
 in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
 my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
 all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
 for length of days.

  1. After three months in Chinese prisons, they were finally charged yesterday.

  2. From the New Revised Standard Version. (Wong quotes the New International Version in his tweet.)

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