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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