Kitzur Tefilat Amecha #12

[adapted by Rabbi Shmuel Jablon from Rav Aviner's three-volume commentary on the siddur "Tefilat Amecha"]

We say: "A person should always be in fear and awe of Hashem both in private and in public." Sometimes there are people who are "Yirei Hashem" (Those who fear Hashem) in private but are afraid of how they will look in public. This means their Yirat Hashem isn't strong enough. Then there are people who look like Yirei Hashem in public, but in private don't really have Yirat Hashem. This means they are fakers who really aren't in awe or afraid of Hashem at all. They are only afraid of people. We want to have Yirat Hashem at all times and in every situation.