Like Abram and Sarai, Jerusalem will have a name change (and, with it, a life change) from Forsaken to My Delight Is in Her, from Desolate to Married.
God is going to marry Jerusalem and be as joyful as a bridegroom.
How easy--or how hard--is it to imagine that God is joyful?
Quote from Walter Brueggemann's commentary on Isaiah 40-66:
It is worth noting that the term rendered "married" is from the same root as Baal, the god of fertility, and the land that is "married" is a land "baaled," or literally in the Hebrew, Be'ulah, that is, "Buelah land." The imagery of divorce or widowhood (see 54:4-6) is transposed into an agricultural term for a land barren and unproductive. Now this peole is revived and the city is restored; the land is recovered for fruitfulness and productivity.....The language is especially freighted, because marriage metaphors in that ancient world include fruifulness and generativity.
Lectio Divina: Psalm 36:8