“I show special respect to the humble and contrite, who respect what I have to say.”
The Lord equates humility with respect for his word. The proud resist his instruction. He is not impressed with the builder of temples, v. 1, but with the one who “trembles” at his revelation.
Humility is not an outward defacement, but the inner realization of our place in God’s plan and of his nature greater than man can contain. Humility takes God’s word seriously.