“but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love” (Psalm 147:11, ESV).
In this psalm of grateful praise, reflection on the ‘common grace’ of God (vv.8-9) turns now to noting where God’s special favor may be found (vv.10-11). God is not impressed by the things that the world favors, such as human strength (v.10). But God is pleased by those who take regard for their Maker, and take hold of His gracious promises. Notice how the fear of the Lord and hope in His loving kindness stand parallel in this verse; profound reverence for God and reliance on His grace go hand-in-hand.
God is pleased by those who turn to Him. This is an amazing thought. Though no strength of ours, no power or wisdom or beauty or talent or fame, impresses the infinite and almighty God, He does take pleasure in those who have faith—who approach Him in humble awe at His majesty, and in grateful trust in His mercy. May we draw near in trusting fear, and know the pleasure of the LORD.