Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
~ Psalm 51:7 ~
I went to the dentist for my six-month cleaning—and enjoyed it!
The first visit to this dentist was a disaster because the dental hygienist was too aggressive. I actually made this comment to her, “Now I know what happens to concrete when a hit by a jackhammer!” My teeth and gums hurt for over a week, and the day after the cleaning I felt like I had intestinal flu.
I made my next appointment with a different dental hygienist. But the next time, guess who was inside my mouth again? The dental “jackhammer” hygienist.
I almost walked out of the office when I saw her come toward me; so I prayed, “Okay, Lord. My appointment was with someone else, but I got her again. Be merciful to me.” Then I said to her, “You hurt me last time; I was sick for several days. Please be gentle.” She was less aggressive; and though my teeth and gums hurt for a few days, I didn’t have any intestinal problems.
But thanks be to God, this time I had a different dental hygienist. She was gentle, even when scrapping off the mineral build-up on some of my sensitive teeth. At the end, I saw that taking the time to brush, floss, and rinse meant less work for the hygienist, much less discomfort for me, a healthy mouth, and no cavities!
Is there a connection between Psalm 51:7 and my teeth being cleaned and knowing they are healthy? Believe it or not, there is. Every time I thought about the difference between the first and last cleaning, somehow it always brought me to:
Confession is good for my soul because I’m forgiven and cleansed from all unrighteousness. Also, neither my mind or the devil can condemn me with any unconfessed or secret sin simply because I’ve confessed it and been forgiven. (1 John 1:9, Romans 8:1).
Taking care of my relationship with the Lord throughout the day is vital to a healthy and content soul. What I put in daily is reflected to others in my action and words; and when I fail, He is still with me to pick me up and help me (and others, after I’ve asked for forgiveness) to move forward (John 14:1; 15, Luke 6:43-45).
No one likes rough or aggressive cleansing; discipline isn’t joyful or pleasant, but the fruit and peace that comes from it is good. I prefer the Lord’s gentle guidance over the “bit and bridle” (Hebrews 12:5-6, 10-11, Psalm 32:8-9).
Well, Father, it never entered my mind that You would teach me something through getting my teeth cleaned. Having clean teeth and healthy gums also means health to my body; having a clean conscience through confession and forgiveness means health to my soul and body, and healthy relationships with those closest to me. I’m thankful that You care about our relationship and the state of my being. I join with Jude in proclaiming His promises to us and glorifying Him,
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
To God our Savior,
Who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,
Both now and forever.
~ verses 24-25 ~