Deuteronomy 23:12-14 (JDV)
Deuteronomy 23:12 You are to have a place outside the camp and go there to relieve yourself.
Deuteronomy 23:13 You are to have a digging tool in your equipment; when you relieve yourself, dig a hole with it and cover up your excrement.
Deuteronomy 23:14 You see, Yahveh your God walks throughout your camp to protect you and deliver your enemies to you; so your encampments must be sacred. He must not see anything indecent among you or he will turn away from you.
Personal hygiene discipline was one of the ways the Israelites showed their commitment to purity. For them, it was not just a matter of keeping the camp free of odor, it was a way of keeping sacred. The entire camp was to be kept from anything that might be considered indecent because God himself walked throughout their camp to protect them and give them victory over their enemies. Without his protection and power, they would be lost.
We show our commitment to God in a thousand ways. Sometimes it will be the things we consider ordinary and mundane which will demonstrate to the world around us that we have chosen righteousness.
Lord, we chose the life of purity, because you walk throughout our camp.