I follow the blog “Ponder Anew” by Jonathan Ponder, and this one made me ponder! “Does it matter if we’re singing to God or about God?” This is a subtle difference but it is worth considering! He has noted older hymns are in the third person while today’s praise songs are in the second person. I had never identified this differentiation between the eras of church music! I shall have to pay more attention now. Even though our relationship to God is personally close, somehow the third person has a bit more reverence to it.
His insightful blog post can be found here.