"Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth."
- Psalm 46:10
I don't know about you, but whenever I have read this verse, I have always interpreted it to mean "be quiet so that you can hear the still small voice of God".
I know that hearing the voice of God is important. The sheep should hear the voice of the shepherd and not recognize the voice of a stranger. We need to be able to hear God's voice so that we know what direction to take; what choices fit in with his will and his ultimate plan for our lives.
So, I was a little surprised, when I did a word study on this verse, to discover that there may be more to it than that.