Hab 3:6-7 He stood and measured the earth; he looked and shook the nations; then the eternal mountains were scattered; the everlasting hills sank low. His were the everlasting ways. I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction; the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble.
As Habakkuk continues to praise the incomprehensible greatness of God he speaks this time of God’s authority over the earth itself. Who are we, mere humans, to imagine we are powerful when we are faced with a God who has such power over the very globe we stand upon? Rather than condemnation given for natural catastrophe, Habakkuk is simply acknowledging the fact that God is all-powerful. With respect to Egypt, God told Moses that He was aware of the affliction of His people there. The Lord directed the actions of nature and nation culminating in water dividing and Israel escaping while the army of Egypt drowned. “Cushan” and “Midian” refer to nomadic people south of Judah, almost certainly people encountered by Israel in the wilderness as they moved northward.