“For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.” (Psalm 51:3 NIVUK) My housekeeping tips from yesterday seemed to catch the eye, so here goes again with another true illustration from the scintillating existence of a 21st century man! Confession – I love to vacuum carpets. It gives such a sense of satisfaction when the job is done. Though, I’m not so keen that I would turn to YouTube for advice on how to make the best job of it (yes, there is such a video!!!) By the way, my kids call it “Hoovering,” which is a testimony to great advertising and just how a brand name can get stuck in the public psyche. We have a Dyson, not a Hoover! Anyway, to my point. When your old vacuum cleaner packs in and you purchase a nice, shiny new one, have you ever noticed how much more dust and dirt you collect on your first run? It’s amazing. You thought your carpets were already clean, but just because you can’t look closely enough below the surface of the pile, you don’t see the dirt that is hidden there. In truth, maybe you’re quite pleased that neither you (nor your visitors) can see all that has penetrated your floor-coverings over a period of time. The same can be said of sin in our lives. If we don’t take time for a long, hard look, or maybe even deliberately sweep things under the carpet, the true picture is never known. Again, David sets us an example of what God is looking for – a person who gives an honest and open appraisal of their own sinfulness and desperate need for forgiveness. Thankfully, once we do that, the LORD has the most potent vacuum cleaner ever; stronger even than any cyclone technology – He is the original grime-buster!