From as early as the Garden of Eden, one couple, who lived in perfect harmony and communion with God, bequeathed worship to Him. Their sons also worshipped God with sacrifices of thanksgiving. As soon as people began to multiply on the earth there is an indication of the beginning of public worship; "then began men to call upon the name of the LORD." (Genesis 4:26). Already the first human family was attending the Service of the Church and singing the Song of the Church, exhorting one another: "O come, let us worship!"
The Old Testament's history of worship involved resting from work on the Sabbath day to hear God's Word. The patriarchs' offerings and sacrifices to God were in response to His words and promises. Hill stated that "they bowed down before Him because He had redeemed them, had called, gathered, and enlightened them, and had given them His Word. God served them with the Bread of life; they responded with songs and prayers of praise and thanksgiving."
During Israel's exodus from Egypt as a great nation, they were told by God how to worship Him and how He would come to them; "in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee." (Exodus 20:24). Although initially the people worshiped in tabernacles that were transportable, later the Lord commanded Solomon to build a temple for Him as a place of worship, and reemphasized the promise to hear the prayers of His people wherever He put His name.