His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.” (Psalm 147:10–11, ESV)

Unlike most men who are impressed by size and strength above all other things, God is not impressed, nor does he take delight in physical strength.  We can assume that he does not delight in intellectual capability any more than he does physical strength; these are things that men hold in high value.

What God holds in high value is those who fear him and who hope in his hesed (steadfast love, faithful love, covenant love).

Unsurprisingly, Charles Spurgeon gets to the heart of the point:

As a father takes pleasure in his own children, so doth the Lord solace himself in his own beloved ones, whose marks of new birth are fear and hope. They fear, for they are sinners; they hope; for God is merciful. They fear him, for he is great; they hope in him, for he is good. Their fear sobers their hope; their hope brightens their fear: God takes pleasure in them both in their trembling and in their rejoicing.

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