God is not impressed with our accomplishments and achievements any more than He was impressed with Babylon’s global reputation of military might. What the Lord delights in and takes pleasure in is people who fear Him and find hope in His mercy. Don’t get me wrong; God loves us and is delighted when we excel in our gifts and talents and acknowledge them as blessings from Him. But God takes even more pleasure in those who fear Him and hope in His mercy.
—Barry Stagner, Commentary on Psalm:147:10-11