You save those who are humble, but you humble those who are proud.” (Psalm 18:27, GNB)

I love this thought for thought translation from the Good News Bible. The ESV (word for word) reads:

For you save a humble people, but the haughty eyes you bring down.” (Psalm 18:27, ESV)

Good translation, but not doesn’t impact the reader like the GNB does.

The Lord is in the business of saving humble people.  This is the essence of Jesus’ teaching “blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  Humble people know their spiritual poverty and their desperate need for a Savior.

Conversely, God is in the business of humbling the proud.  The proud do not see any need in themselves because they are so awesome.  One classical biblical example of this is the wicked Haman whose favorite pastime was to call his “friends” over and tell them how awesome he was.  One of the reasons he hated Mordecai was because Mordecai refused to recognize this awesomeness in Haman.

Haman goes from the second most powerful man in the kingdom to being impaled on a 75 foot pole that he had prepared for Mordecai in the space of a day.

God humbles those who are proud.

Mark that well, dear reader.  Proud or humble?  God deals with each according to their spiritual need, or lack thereof.