Psalm 149:4 (ESV)
For the LORD takes pleasure in his people;
he adorns the humble with salvation.
It amazes me that God would find any reason to take pleasure in a sinful human being. It further amazes me that He chooses to grant us salvation.
Logically, humility is a prerequisite for salvation. No, I'm not saying that works are necessary for salvation, but how can a person be saved without being humbled before God? A proud person will continue trying to earn merit with God on his own; a humble person will realize that he can do nothing to save himself and that he must place his faith and trust completely in Christ for salvation.
Psalm 149:1 (ESV)
Praise the LORD!
Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the godly!