God is the central character of this wise saying. The verse focuses on His relationship with two other characters – “the wicked” and “those who pursue righteousness.”
As we might expect, “the LORD detests the way of the wicked.” It should be noted that it’s not “the wicked” but “the way” they operate with which God is not happy.
It’s also important to remember that my being “wicked” is more about how I think than how I act. And my “wicked” thoughts will lead to “wicked” actions – unless I make a decision to change them.
On the other hand, the LORD “loves those who pursue righteous.” Again, it’s not about actions – but attitudes.
When we “pursue” – think and go after – good things, God blesses us and our endeavors.
It’s just like loving caring parents. Good parents “tough love” bad choices and behaviors – because they know there’s a better way of life for that child. And the same parents offer positive support to right attitudes and actions from their child.
Good parents deal with each child based on that child’s attitudes and actions. And it’s done so each child can have the best opportunity to experience, as the Serenity Prayer says, being “reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next!”