Biblical Bases for Morning and Evening Corporate Worship

October 21, 2015

Scripture provides at least 11 passages that give devoted believers a solid biblical basis to hold that God desires that His people today would worship Him corporately in the morning and the evening on the Lord’s Day. These passages may be divided into three major groups.

Offering Sacrifices

Exo 29:39 The one lamb thou shalt offer in the morning; and the other lamb thou shalt offer at even:

Lev 6:20 This is the offering of Aaron and of his sons, which they shall offer unto the LORD in the day when he is anointed; the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a meat offering perpetual, half of it in the morning, and half thereof at night.

1Ch 16:40 To offer burnt offerings unto the LORD upon the altar of the burnt offering continually morning and evening, and to do according to all that is written in the law of the LORD, which he commanded Israel;

2Ch 2:4 Behold, I build an house to the name of the LORD my God, to dedicate it to him, and to burn before him sweet incense, and for the continual shewbread, and for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts of the LORD our God. This is an ordinance for ever to Israel.

2Ch 13:11 And they burn unto the LORD every morning and every evening burnt sacrifices and sweet incense: the shewbread also set they in order upon the pure table; and the candlestick of gold with the lamps thereof, to burn every evening: for we keep the charge of the LORD our God; but ye have forsaken him.

2Ch 31:3 He appointed also the king’s portion of his substance for the burnt offerings, to wit, for the morning and evening burnt offerings, and the burnt offerings for the sabbaths, and for the new moons, and for the set feasts, as it is written in the law of the LORD.

Ezr 3:3 And they set the altar upon his bases; for fear was upon them because of the people of those countries: and they offered burnt offerings thereon unto the LORD, even burnt offerings morning and evening.

Singing, Giving Thanks, Praising, and Playing Musical Instruments

1Ch 9:33 And these are the singers, chief of the fathers of the Levites, who remaining in the chambers were free: for they were employed in that work day and night.

Psa 92:1 <A Psalm or Song for the sabbath day.> It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:

2 To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,

3 Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.

4 For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.

Proclaiming and Serving

Rev 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

Rev 7:15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.

Application

These passages shows that Scripture repeatedly testifies to the importance of divine worship taking place both in the morning and in the evening. Based on this evidence, it is inconceivable that God doesn’t care whether His people today in their local churches worship Him corporately only once on the Lord’s Day versus worshiping Him both in the morning and in the evening on the Lord’s Day.

God has given us these passages (as well as other passages) to provide a pattern for His people to worship Him both in the morning and in the evening on His special day, the Lord’s Day. Churches should have both morning and evening worship services on the Lord’s Day!


One other passage also attests to the importance of morning and evening worship of God by presenting how a king of Judah perverted divine worship by having that worship offered on a copy of a pagan altar that he had made:

2Ki 16:15 And king Ahaz commanded Urijah the priest, saying, Upon the great altar burn the morning burnt offering, and the evening meat offering, and the king’s burnt sacrifice, and his meat offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the land, and their meat offering, and their drink offerings; and sprinkle upon it all the blood of the burnt offering, and all the blood of the sacrifice: and the brasen altar shall be for me to enquire by.

Rajesh

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