The message of Psalm 149 like 148 is again one of praise, that we take pleasure in God because after all as the psalmist points out, He takes pleasure in us ( verse 4 ).
Verse 4 says:
4 For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the humble with salvation.
The verse states that God takes pleasure in His people, but His people are not the only ones He takes pleasure in. He takes pleasure in everyone, but it is only His people He is able to demonstrate His pleasure to.
Who are His people ? The verse tells us, ” He will beautify the humble with salvation”. It’s those who are humble who are beautified with His salvation and therefore become His people.
God wants to beautify everyone with His salvation, but He can only beautify those who are humble, who recognize their need of it. Those who recognize their ugliness and helplessness, reaching out to God as their only hope of beauty. Those people receive His salvation, character and virtue as a gift. That makes them beautiful because they more closely resemble Him.
God takes pleasure in all people but unfortunately He can only demonstrate it to some. He longs to beautify all people but can only beautify those who feel their need for it.
God’s love is unconditional depending entirely on Him, but our benefiting from it is conditional, depending on us, whether we humble ourselves, recognizing our need for His love, the need for our ugliness to be replaced by His beauty.
God’s love is unconditional love, but our benefiting from it is not.