There is a tension in scripture between our God’s transcendence (being so much higher and greater and “other” than us) and God’s immanence (being close and personal and intimate with us). On one hand, God dwells in the heavens. On the other His Spirit dwells within us. There is a real tension there in how God can be both at the same time.
Generations tend to emphasize one over the other. You can see this reflected in the worship songs of a given generation. Speaking very generally here, older generations tend to have a more transcendent view of God. If you listen to many of the older songs we sing you will hear it. God is found in majestic mountain views, oceans, and in the heavens. The worship songs of the younger generations are personal. They are about Jesus, God in the flesh…who made his dwelling among us. Both are important.
It is important that in our worship we recognize the gap and cross over it regularly. When we emphasize the songs of a single generation we run the risk of alienating what resonates with the other. What is even more important is actually bridging the gap by helping the other group appreciate the aspect of God they don’t tend to emphasize so they can have a both/and appreciation for the God who is both “other” and “among”.