My friend Paul used this adjective to describe the joy he experienced when he went through tribulation. He said: "I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation".
How can anyone be exceeding joyful in the midst of tribulation? Paul gives the answer in his letter to the Corinthians. He shared that the light affliction he and his companions experienced that lasted but a moment worked for them a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
I want you to know that it is possible for you to retain My joy and maintain your joy in the midst of the tribulations you experience in this life. When you have the big picture (the eternal view), you also will be strengthened by My joy within you and your joy will remain full.
2 CORINTHIANS 7:4, 4:17